Advocates for victims’ of domestic violence have made significant strides over the last forty years by forcing domestic violence to the forefront of our national consciousness and initiating a major transformation of the justice system’s response to family violence. An unofficial policy of nonfeasance has morphed into an official policy of engagement on all levels of the justice system. Today victims may seek civil protection orders from the courts to protect them from family abuse. When batterers violate those orders, courts can enforce the orders through civil or criminal contempt, and prosecutors’ offices have the authority to prosecute violations. Statutes encourage and even require police officers to arrest suspects who appear to have committed acts of domestic violence. Batterers can be and are prosecuted for criminal acts of violence against intimate partners.
Voting rights advocates should explore section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act as a vehicle to combat voter intimidation.
Mandatory arbitration for guestworkers, a uniquely vulnerable group, will result in class inequality and worse conditions for all workers.
A panel discussion about current topics in policing from the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference.
An evidentiary privilege to protect workers' confidential communications from disclosure in federal and state court proceedings would support unions.