Beirut's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) will be hosting the following events during Fall 2015-2016:

Understanding the Human and Civil Rights Consequences of US Border Militarization
Lecturer: Mitra Ebadolahi
Affiliation: Attorney at the American Civil Liberties
Date: 21 September 2015
Place: Conf. A, building 37 (behind the old Lee observatory)
Time: 5pm

Since 2006, the budget of the US Customs & Border Protection has more than doubled, from $6 billion to $12.9 billion in 2014. In the same period, the US Border Patrol—a sub-agency within CBP—has nearly doubled in size, from approximately 12,000 agents to over 21,000 agents today. Simultaneously, reports of Border Patrol abuses along the US-Mexico border and throughout the interior of the United States have increased.  For example, numerous reports document incidents in which CBP officials used excessive force; since January 2010, at least forty-one individuals have died as a result of an encounter with CBP. At least thirty-five of these deaths resulted from the use of lethal force, and at least sixteen of these victims were US citizens. Yet not a single CBP officer or Border Patrol agent has been indicted, much less convicted of a crime, for involvement in an incident involving alleged excessive use of force. This talk focuses on the intersection of immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and police practices.

Mitra Ebadolahi has been an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 2011. As a Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney in San Diego, she focuses on identifying, documenting, and litigating human and civil rights violations along the US-Mexico border.  She is also a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.  Previously, she was the inaugural Nadine Strossen Fellow at the ACLU’s National Security Project in New York, where her docket included cases challenging torture, mass surveillance, and racial and religious profiling. Prior to joining the ACLU, she clerked for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, US District Judge for the Central District of California. She holds degrees from New York University School of Law, the London School of Economics, and the University of California, Los Angeles.


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