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Archive for April 2nd, 2018

NAACP Condemns Latest Injustices Surrounding Fatal Police-Involved Shootings around Nation

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 BALTIMORE, MD  – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement following the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by a Sacramento police officer and the acquittal of the officers involved in the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge in 2016.
“The NAACP fiercely condemns these recent examples of our justice system’s failure to protect Black lives. Stephon Clark’s death is the latest chapter of the ongoing epidemic of police brutality in our nation and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s announcement that no charges would be filed against the officers involved in Sterling’s death represents an all too familiar epilogue to that narrative.
“While our nation engages in a critical discussion on gun violence, we must not ignore the continual stream of men, women, and children whose lives are lost to police firearms. African Americans make up less than 13 percent of the total U.S. population but account for 23% of those shot by police in 2017, according to the Washington Post
“We are tired of the apologies, tired of murder being justified on the sole basis that an armed officer feared harm. This is not right and the NAACP refuses to accept this. We demand justice in the case of Stephon Clark. We extend our deepest condolences to the Clark family, and we stand in solidarity with the citizens of Sacramento voicing their pain through protest regarding the unnecessary and vicious murder of this young father of two. We stand with our Sacramento Branch and our California/Hawaii State Conference President Alice Huffman in calling for a thorough investigation and the vigorous pursuit of justice for the Clark family.
“In a video released recently, we see the graphic violence used by the officers in Mr. Sterling’s last moments – methods so forceful they led to the dismissal of one officer and suspension of the other. It is hypocritical that the Baton Rouge Police Department recognizes these officers are culpable for Mr. Sterling’s death, yet no criminal charges have been brought against them. As we await the release of additional videos depicting the events around Mr. Sterling’s killing, we continue to see attempts to blame Mr. Sterling for his own death.  As with news stories about Mr. Clark’s past record, we need to recognize these as what they are: deflections.  These deflections cannot take away from the undeniable truth that we are being killed by police who walk away free, continuing to live their lives while families mourn and communities live in fear.
“Although the White House would have us believe that the killings of Mr. Sterling and Mr. Clark are simply ‘local matter[s]’, we know better.  The federal government has a duty to enforce federal civil rights laws – a duty to ensure that we live in a nation where local authorities do not kill us with impunity.  We refuse to accept the White House’s abdication of responsibility.  As we embark on our remembrance of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s murder, we challenge this administration to commit to vigorously enforcing the civil rights laws that form a central part of his legacy.
“Mr. Clark’s and Mr. Sterling’s deaths are tragic examples of law enforcement’s failure to adequately protect those they are sworn to serve. We will do everything we can to put a stop to this enduring injustice.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Jails Mom on Her 18th Birthday

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As ICE Continues to Violate Child Protection Laws, Young Mother Joins NIJC Class-Action Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – A teen mother who fled to the United States with her toddler son and spent two weeks  at an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children is joining a national class action lawsuit after being unlawfully transferred to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) adult jail when she turned 18. Her son remains at the children’s shelter.

In a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2018, the National Immigrant Justice Center and pro bono attorneys from  Kirkland & Ellis LLP are challenging ICE’s violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act which states that when unaccompanied immigrant children in ORR custody turn 18, instead of automatically transferring them to adult prisons, the government must consider alternatives such as placement with sponsors or supervised group homes. ICE has routinely and systemically failed to comply with the law—in this case, a young mother now is locked in a New Jersey jail, her child left behind and alone in ORR custody.

“It is heart-wrenching to see this family torn apart. Our client, a vulnerable teenager, is sitting in an immigration jail alone, separated from her 2-year-old son, and has no contact with him,” says Kate Melloy Goettel, senior litigation attorney at NIJC. “Separating a young mother from her child shows a complete failure on ICE’s part to follow the law and place 18-year-olds in the least restrictive setting. Their actions are illegal and cruel.”

“The facility where she is being held in ICE custody is an actual jail, where she is held in a locked room with a group of women noticeably older than she is,” says Anwen Hughes, a lawyer with the organization Human Rights First who is representing the young woman. “Social visits take place through a window and over a telephone, so that even if her child could be brought to see her, the experience would be traumatic both for her and for her toddler. In the universe of immigration detention it is hard to imagine a setting more restrictive than this.”

Link to online statement.

With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. For more information visit www.immigrantjustice.org.

Auditor General Announces Second Audit, Crespo and Others Urge Attorney General to Investigate HFS Medicaid Spending

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, sent a letter urging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate the Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ (HFS) Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) program in response to ongoing revelations and the announcement of a second audit by the auditor general. The letter was also signed by state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, and state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills.

“I believe the fact that HFS could not come up with complete data on what they spent on administrative costs, or whether the state had overpaid, should raise some eyebrows,” Crespo said. “$7 billion in Medicaid bills that cannot be unaccounted for is not something that should be taken lightly. I applaud the auditor general for looking into this further, taxpayers deserve answers.”

Medicaid managed care organizations, or MCOs, are private insurers that administer benefits for Medicaid. In January, an audit by the auditor general revealed that the DHFS failed to properly monitor $7.11 billion in payments made to and by managed care organizations. Among other things, the report found that the DHFS was unable to provide complete data on what MCOs spent on administrative costs, the number of claims denied, and what percentage of each MCO’s premium income went to health care and quality improvement as opposed to marketing and other costs, which is information required by federal law.

When asked about the audit’s findings, Gov. Bruce Rauner claimed that the findings in the Illinois auditor general’s report were inaccurate, ignoring the fact that his administration had already started implementing some of the report’s recommendations. As a result, Crespo is urging Attorney General Lisa Madigan to conduct an investigation into the MCO program.

“In order to hold government accountable, there must be transparency,” Crespo said. “It is my hope that as the chief law enforcement officer of our state, Attorney General Madigan will look into this further, so the General Assembly can take the necessary steps to ensure tax dollars are being spent appropriately.”

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