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Immigrant Of The Day: Jameel Jaffer of Canada, and Amrit Singh of India

by Kevin R. Johnson

Jameel Jaffer (Canada) and Amrit Singh (India)

In 2003, our Immigrants of the Day, Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh, two junior lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union, wondered whether news reports of the abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody might be the tip of the iceberg.  They followed up with a Freedom of Information Act request, follwed by litigation,that has produced a treasure trove (130,000 pages) of information.  "The case has produced revelation after revelation: battles between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the military over the treatment of detainees at the Guantnamo Bay prison camp; autopsy reports on prisoners who died in custody in Afghanistan and Iraq; the Justice Departments long-secret memorandums justifying harsh interrogation methods; and day-by-day descriptions of what happened inside the Central Intelligence Agencys overseas prisons."  For the New York Times' report for a detailed story on the exploits of our Immigrants of the Day, click here.

Born in Canada, Jaffer left a lucrative practice with a private firm to join the ACLU. Singh, 40, the daughter of the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, graduated from Yale Law School, holds dual Indian and American citizenship.

Hat tip to IntLawGrrl Diane Marie Amann!

September 3, 2009 | Permalink

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog.

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