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Justice Initiative Joins Call for Biden Administration to Halt Citizenship Stripping

The Justice Initiative has joined a call on the incoming Biden administration to end the U.S. government’s use of denaturalizations, a draconian tool weaponized under the Trump administration.

January 19, 2021
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Justice Initiative Welcomes First UN Human Rights Committee Ruling on the Right to Nationality for Children

The UN Human Rights Committee has found, in the case of Zhao v. Netherlands, that the Netherlands violated the rights of a child, Denny Zhao, by assigning him the status of “unknown” nationality when his birth in the country was registered.

January 08, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Expresses Concern over Trump Administration Proposal to Expand Biometric Surveillance on Immigrants, U.S. Citizens

The Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a Trump administration proposal to expand the use of invasive data collection in the U.S., which could lead continuous surveillance of immigrants and their families.

October 13, 2020
Press release

Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Denaturalization Records

In light of the Trump administration's use of denaturalization proceedings as a tool for general immigration enforcement, the Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to obtain government records on the denaturalization and deportation of Americans.

March 11, 2020
Advocacy update

Court Moves to Protect Venezuelan Children born in Colombia from Statelessness

A court in Colombia has ruled that the government must consider statelessness risks when determining the nationality of children born in Colombia to Venezuelans fleeing their country's political and economic chaos.

January 31, 2020
Advocacy update

Kenyan Court Puts Hold on Digital Identity Scheme

A Kenyan court has ordered the government to stop implementation of its the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) until a constitutionally sound framework is in place.

January 31, 2020
Advocacy update

Open Society Justice Initiative Comments on Expansion of Immigrant DNA Collection in U.S.

Open Society Justice Initiative and Instituto para Mujeres en la Migración have submitted a public comment over the Trump administration’s efforts to expand the forcible DNA collection of non-citizens in the United States.

November 20, 2019
Press release

A New Report Warns of Looming Threat to U.S. Citizenship, Calls for Moratorium on Denaturalizations

A new Open Society Justice Initiative report warns of a looming threat to U.S. citizenship due to the Trump administration’s effective renunciation of longstanding norms and constitutional protections.

September 17, 2019
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