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Anita Sinha
Anita Sinha, a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law, has an extensive background in immigration, the civil and labor rights of noncitizens, low-income housing, and gender-related violence. Post 9/11, she represented indigent immigrant crime survivors, advocated for the rights of noncitizens in detention, and led a successful legislative campaign to limit local immigration enforcement. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sinha represented displaced survivors in housing litigation and advocated on behalf of exploited immigrant reconstruction workers. Her areas of writing and research include immigration detention and the prison industry, gender-related issues, and the intersection of civil rights and citizenship in the US. Sinha received her J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law, and her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Entries by Anita Sinha

Ending Mass Incarceration, But Not for Immigrants: A Tale of Two Policies

(14) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:41 PM

While the critical subject of a runaway U.S. criminal justice system is gaining momentum toward reforms, the Obama Administration is vigorously defending the mass detention of non-U.S. citizens, including the detention of women and children. Recent developments in both arenas demonstrate the stark contrast in the way the government is...

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There Is Nothing Casual About Prejudice: The Popular Podcast 'Serial' and the Notion of Implicit Bias

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Like millions of others, I have been an avid listener of the new podcast Serial. Its "one story, told week by week" is the true case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of and is serving life in prison for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend...

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Central American Minors Seek Refuge in the US: A Crisis of Children as Targets of War

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Children have been all over the news, and for the wrong reasons. Three missing Israeli teens were found dead in the occupied West Bank, sparking the reprisal killing of a Palestinian boy who was burned alive. Reports of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving into...

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Immigration Reform Is at a Standstill but There's Still Work to Be Done

(6) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Comprehensive immigration reform may be the most ill-fated three words on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed a bill last summer, and depending on the week the issue on the House side is either dead on arrival or may see the light of day. While there has yet to...

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Ex-Pentagon Lawyer as Head of Homeland Security Could Signal the Wrong Direction

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 5:42 PM

President Obama announced on Friday his pick for the next head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS is just over a decade old, created in the aftermath of 9/11 to "secure the nation from the many threats we face." Critics say that DHS is trying...

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Orange Is the New Black and the Practice of Prison Labor

(51) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 1:08 PM

In the first episode of Orange is the New Black, Piper Chapman, the protagonist upper-middle class unlikely inmate-to-be, is seated in a van waiting to be transported to the women's prison where she will be serving a 15-month sentence. The driver of the van, to Chapman's surprise, is a fellow...

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