Press Release: Rutgers Law School files amicus brief on behalf of law scholars and human rights advocates in support of Ravi Ragbir

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The Rutgers Law School International Human Rights Clinic filed an amicus brief on behalf of law scholars and human rights advocates in support of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrants’ rights activist who was recently released from detention after his abrupt and unconstitutional arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). Mr. Ragbir is scheduled to be deported on March 15, 2018.

In its “friend of the court” amicus brief, the Rutgers Clinic argues that international law places great value on “political speech,” including criticizing United States immigration policy, and requires that Mr. Ragbir be allowed to speak without fear of retaliation. The Rutgers Clinic also argues that it is hypocritical for the U.S. to deport Ragbir for speaking about one of the country’s most important public policy issues, while simultaneously criticizing governments around the world for jailing advocates who speak publicly about the need for legal reform. In addition, the Clinic argues that Mr. Ragbir was targeted because of his prominent activism.

“This is a man who is a community leader and poses no threat to anyone. He advocates for legal reform in the most peaceful and constructive manner, and is well within his rights to do so,” said Professor Penny Venetis, Director of the Clinic. “International law protects immigrants in the United States from being retaliated against because of their political speech.”

The International Human Rights Clinic pursues cases and projects in U.S. domestic courts and international tribunals to address civil rights and human rights violations occurring within and beyond U.S. borders. It has litigated cutting-edge cases, including the landmark Hawa Abdi Jama v. United States INS, 22 F. Supp. 2d 353 (D.N.J. 1998), which held that detained immigrants are protected from abuse by international law.

Ragbir is the Executive Director of The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, who support people resisting detention and deportation. He is married to a Rutgers Law graduate Amy Gottlieb ’96, who is an associate regional director of American Friends Service Committee.

Eight Rutgers Law students from the Clinic contributed to the brief. The new hearing is scheduled for March 15, 2018.

On March 4 @ 11am, Ravi Ragbir to Lead Service and Community Solidarity Action at Judson Memorial Church

PRESS ADVISORY

SUNDAYNEW YORK, NY: In anticipation of the upcoming hearing of his First Amendment case against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ravi Ragbir will give a sermon at Judson Memorial Church and lead a community action. The event will highlight the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow indefinite detention (Jennings v. Rodriguez). Continue reading

New York University Sanctuary Resource of Interest to Ravi’s Supporters

via Paula Chakravartty of the NYU Sanctuary Coalition

SanctuarySyllabus-1-300x300We wanted to share with you some news from your neighbors at NYU. Having been inspired by the work that Ravi and  the New Sanctuary Coalition have been doing, we at the NYU’s Sanctuary Coalition are teaching an experimental collective course this semester on the history and politics of Migration and Sanctuary. The course is being taught by some 30+ faculty across many departments and schools in the university from the Law and Med School, to History, Literature, Politics and beyond. Alina Das was one of our first guest lecturers and we hope to have Ravi come and visit the class when his schedule frees up a bit. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you the progress of our course  in case it might be of use to the NSC movement and campaign, and its allies, in the form of political education. We have been putting up edited videos of our weekly lectures. Please do feel free to share and use. Your thoughts and feedback welcome. Contact us at nyusanctuary(at)protonmail.com

Support a Private Bill for Ravi

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Ravi and Representative Nydia Velázquez on their way to the State of the Union in January 2018.

As you know, Ravi has received a temporary stay of his deportation for the next few weeks. However, we continue to fight for a permanent resolution that will allow Ravi to remain in the U.S. with his family and community.

On February 6th, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez introduced H.R. 4937, a private bill in support of Ravi. If this bill is approved by Congress, it will restore Ravi to his permanent resident status. We recognize the difficulties of getting a bill through Congress but we believe that the power of community can make it possible!

Among the documents we must submit in support of the bill, we can list any “interested parties” who support Ravi & the passage of the bill. This is an opportunity to show Congress the widespread community support for Ravi – to tell them that they should pass the bill and stand up to ICE.

Would you like to be listed as an “interested party”?* 

Fill out this form with your contact information and an explanation of why you support Ravi. Please fill out the form before Monday, February 19th at 8:00pm.

Once the bill is officially being reviewed by the Judiciary Committee, we will send information about contacting your electeds to support the bill!

If you have any questions, please contact Brittany at bcc366@nyu.edu.

Thank you,

Ravi’s Defense Committee
*As an “interested party”, your name, address, and phone number will be included in the supporting documents provided to the House Judiciary Committee.

Press Release: NYC Council Passes Resolution for Ravi Ragbir

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER
JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Contact: Kevin Fagan
kfagan@council.nyc.gov, 917-608-8784

February 15, 2018                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEcc-ravi

NEW YORK, NY: On February 15 at City Hall, the City Council approved a resolution introduced by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Ydanis Rodriguez, (D-Manhattan) in support of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist who was recently detained by ICE and still faces imminent deportation.

Resolution 0182, which can be read in its entirety online, calls on Congress to pass HR 4937, a private bill from Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez that would grant Ragbir legal permanent status, and in the case of his deportation, a legal right to return to the United States. Continue reading