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From CVT's Washington, DC, office, Andrea Cárcamo and Ariel Zarate, MA, LSW, write about the harmful use of the word “alien” in the U.S. immigration system.
Here is CVT's explainer of four final rules being implemented by the Trump administration in its last days in office, all of which are particularly harmful to asylum seekers.
Andrea Cárcamo, CVT senior policy counsel, writes about how the U.S. use of immigration detention results in family separation, yet is often overlooked.
Darlene Lynch
Curt Goering, CVT executive director, and Darlene Lynch, head of external relations, CVT Georgia, detail the deadly new enemy confronted by torture survivors in ICE detention: the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrea Cárcamo, senior policy counsel, describes this administration’s latest efforts to obliterate asylum under the guise of protecting people from the pandemic.
Andrea Cárcamo, senior policy counsel, writes about the urgent need to designate Venezuela for temporary protected status.
Michelle Rodenburg
The public charge rule never should have been implemented and is dangerously irresponsible, explains Michelle Rodenburg of CVT’s D.C. office.
Andrea Cárcamo, senior policy counsel, clarifies details regarding several onerous barriers to asylum seeking.
Phyllis Kaufman
The still-classified Senate Torture Report, completed by the Senate Intelligence committee in 2012, is nearly 7,000 pages long. December 9, 2019, marked the fifth anniversary of the public release of the report’s redacted executive summary. The details contained in those 525 pages are shocking: the CIA engaged in waterboarding; rectal rehydration; walling; extreme sleep deprivation; cramped confinement (big and small confinement boxes); and left detainees naked and shackled in stress positions for extended periods.
Stanton Wood, strategic initiatives officer, writes about the importance of the narrative in The Report film helping to ensure that an era of torture never happens again.

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