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.
Do new domestic terrorism laws put Black Lives Matter supporters, anti-war protestors, and/or animal rights activists at risk? Do they presently incorporate sufficient safeguards against such misuse and abuse?
Experts discuss legal developments and related ramifications one year after President Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S. Southern Border with Mexico in order to build a wall.
Scholars discuss the most significant immigration-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, their ramifications, and what to expect in 2020.
"It's important to note that scholars have long observed that political discourse and political events can contribute to the frequency of bias incidents. In fact, this phenomenon has a name today. It's called the Trump Effect."