“The use of Title 42 was a cruel and cynical ploy by the Trump administration to shut down access to refugee protection at the southern border,” Elisa Massimino wrote to The Hoya in an article discussing the Coalition of Jesuit Leaders' letter to the Biden Administration on the topic. “It has been condemned by public health experts as unnecessary and counterproductive. I was proud to see our dean and other leaders of Jesuit institutions call for an end to it.”
“Observing the hearings in person afforded me the opportunity to better understand some of the human rights allegations that have plagued the facility since its inception,” said Michelle Liu. “The experiences of observing the hearings during the week, talking to defense counsel and media, and seeing Camp X-Ray in person—albeit from afar—were incredibly eye-opening and compelling.”
Elisa Massimino, with David Luban, Scott Roehm, and others, write on Abd Al-Rahim Hussein Al-Nashiri's case to prevent the U.S. government from using torture-derived evidence in his capital prosecution before the Guantanamo military commissions in Just Security.
A Malawi High Court judge signaled a need for law reform to protect the sexual rights of adolescents—based on research and scholarship by former Georgetown Law clinic students and Professor Michelle X. Liu.
WASHINGTON – Longtime civil and human rights attorney and national advocate for ending capital punishment Diann Rust-Tierney is joining Georgetown Law as the 2021-2022 Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights.
"While it is too late to avoid the immediate chaos, there is still time for the Biden administration and its allies to put in place a human rights-centered plan for the forcibly displaced and work to mitigate further disaster in Afghanistan. Failing to do so risks people’s lives and safety as well as the likelihood of another refugee crisis with global implications," write Elisa Massimino and Alexandra Schmitt.
Elisa Massimino discusses new report "Redefining Homeland Security" with the Center on National Security at Fordham LawAugust 5, 2021 Print & Online News Clips
Elisa Massimino talks about a new report produced for the Center for American Progress on "Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS to Meet Today's Challenges."
WASHINGTON – Longtime human rights advocate and former Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino has been named executive director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Human Rights Institute.
"We view DHS from very different perspectives, but we both believe that DHS has become seriously out of balance with America’s needs. We need a new vision for the department that prioritizes responding to these needs and takes a broader view of what it means to keep the nation secure," write Elisa Massimino and Rudy deLeon.
"American diplomats have long understood that hypocrisy has a cost, especially for a nation that seeks to champion the ideals of democracy and human rights as the cornerstone of global peace and security," writes Elisa Massimino.
Elisa Massimino worked on a new report from the Center for American Progress on shifting the priorities of the Department of Homeland Security. Rather than focusing on investigative, detention, and law enforcement functions, functions better carried out by the FBI and Bureau of Prisons, DHS should shift toward new values of connecting, communicating, facilitating, welcoming, and helping.