Cultural Exchange Visitors Settle with Sponsor Agencies for $65.5 Million

By Alice Browning In March 2015, several au pairs visiting the United States through the J-1 visa cultural exchange program filed a class action representing almost 100,000 migrant workers.[1] The au pairs alleged that sponsor agencies[2] engaged in a wage-fixing conspiracy to artificially depress earnings in violation of antitrust laws, and wage and hour laws.[3] […]

Inhumane Conditions in Border Detention Centers Violate U.S. Flores Settlement Agreement and Endanger Children

By Nicole Gregory By Nicole Gregory On December 25, 2018, an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala, Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died in U.S. custody while being detained at the southwest U.S. border.[1] Alonzo’s death follows the death of another Guatemalan child, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who was also in custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

Volume 27.1

Volume 27, Issue 1 The following articles and comments were published in Volume 27, Issue 1 of The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. For subscription information, please check out our Subscription page. ARTICLES Bridging the Enforcement Gap? Evaluating the Inquiry Procedure of the CEDAW Optional ProtocolCatherine O’Rourke Overcoming Institutional and […]

Volume 26.3

Volume 26, Issue 3 The following articles and comments were published in Volume 26, Issue 3 of The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. For subscription information, please check out our Subscription page. ARTICLES The Workplace Injunction: An Emerging but Imperfect Weapon in the Fight Against Domestic Violence Michael D. Moberly […]

Trump Endorses Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

By Marianne Aguilar President Donald Trump has endorsed a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill called the First Step Act.[1] According to the New York Times, the Act, among other goals, “would eliminate the so-called stacking regulation that makes it a federal crime to possess a firearm while committing another crime, like a drug offense; expand […]

“Fake News” or Just Bad Press: The State of Journalism in Trump’s America

By Hillary Hyduke On November 7, 2018, President Donald Trump revoked the White House credentials of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, because Acosta “failed to ‘treat the White House with respect’ at a White House press briefing.”[1]  The revocation raises questions regarding Trump’s strategy in dealing with press coverage with which he disagrees, […]

Birthright Citizenship: A Fourteenth Amendment Guarantee

By Kelly Harmon Over the week of October 29, 2018, President Donald Trump insisted that he was going to find a way to end birthright citizenship, likely in an attempt to incite his supporters prior to the midterm elections on November 6.[1] In addition to an HBO interview on the topic, President Trump wrote on […]

Protecting Residents of Unpermitted Housing: How the Exigent Circumstances Standard Applies to Code Enforcement

By Chelsea Lalancette Following a deadly fire at the Ghost Ship live-work warehouse in Oakland, California in December 2016, the local government has been tasked with balancing an affordable housing crisis with a need for safe residences.  Ghost Ship was an arts collective that also served as an unofficial residence and event space, providing affordable, albeit […]

#MeToo Comes to Tech and Raises Questions About Mandatory Arbitration

  By Stephanie Tait On November 1, 2018, Google workers across the globe coordinated a massive walkout to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims.[1]  Frustrated with the executive leadership’s perceived support for abusers and lack of meaningful action to address claims of harassment, Google employees and contract workers walked out of their offices […]

Dear Canada, Enter at Your Own Risk: Legally Smoking Weed in Your Country Can Bar You from Entry into the United States

  By Matthew Itzkowitz Just last month, our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada, officially legalized recreational use of cannabis.[1] While Canadian citizens were celebrating this momentous occasion, President Donald Trump’s administration internally discussed its policy regarding Canadian citizens who try to enter the United States and admit to having legally ingested cannabis or invested in […]