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April 20, 2016
On July 1, 2016, a law that establishes a procedure for the release of law enforcement recordings, i.e., footage from body-worn or dashboard cameras, will go into effect in the state of Indiana. State lawmakers heavily amended the bill, HEA 1019, before it was passed into law on March 21. The amendments helped to rectify some of the problematic parts of the legislation, but those revisions did not go far enough in protecting the legal rights of people under open records laws to access video footage captured on police cameras.
March 30, 2016
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied the State of Indiana's request to stay her Feb. 29 ruling granting a preliminary injunction to Exodus Refugee Immigration, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, to stop Gov. Mike Pence from denying settlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana.
The following statement can be attributed to Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director:
"We are pleased that Judge Pratt has recognized that the State of Indiana has no role in banning a group of refugees based solely upon their nationality. The Governor's position offends federal law, the U.S. Constitution, and our fundamental American values of providing refuge for families fleeing war and violence."
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Indianapolis – A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit late yesterday sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and several plaintiffs with disabilities who challenged a state agency's changes to Indiana's Medicaid Waiver programs, changes that limit the ability of Hoosiers to become active members of their communities and, ultimately, put them at risk of losing their independence and being institutionalized.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: Facts in the case regarding treatment of people with disabilities "stick a knife in the state's argument"
The programs, which serve thousands of Hoosiers, offer services that enable people to live in their communities even though their disabling conditions would otherwise require that they be placed in an institution.
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Thurs., April 7, 2016
"The ACLU stands firmly against discrimination in all forms, but that isn't what this law is about," said Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director. "Unnecessary restrictions, like those recently signed into law, demean women and threaten the quality of their health care. The ACLU of Indiana will continue to work to ensure that every woman can make the best decision for herself and her family about whether and when to continue a pregnancy without undue political interference."
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit today against the Indiana State Department of Health, prosecutors of several counties and the state medical licensing board asking the Court to block enforcement of a new law that imposes unconstitutional restrictions on women seeking abortions and their health care providers. The ACLU of Indiana and PPINK claim the law violates due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment as well as First Amendment rights of free speech.
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Mon., Feb. 29, 2016
Indianapolis – Today a federal judge awarded a preliminary injunction to Exodus Refugee Immigration in a case brought by the resettlement agency, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and ACLU national. The order prohibits the State of Indiana from taking any actions to interfere with or attempt to deter the resettlement of Syrian refugees by Exodus in Indiana, including by withholding funds and services due Exodus and the refugees it serves.
"We are extremely pleased by the decision," said Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana. "The equal protection clause of the United States Constitution demands that all of the refugees who are extensively vetted and finally approved by the federal government be treated equally. Indiana was not, and now, pursuant to the trial court's order, must do so."
The lawsuit, filed in November on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc., sought the injunction to stop the governor from taking any actions to suspend, block or withhold aid from refugees or from Exodus. Exodus is a nonprofit corporation that receives federal money through the state's Office of Refugee Programs, located within the Family and Social Services Administration, to assist in resettlement of federally approved and screened refugees. The funds are used to assist with employment training, English language education and other services.
"This ruling puts the brakes on Governor Pence's end run around the Constitution. No state can unilaterally ban a group of refugees that has been vetted and admitted by the federal government. By trying to block Syrian families based solely on their nationality, Indiana is flouting federal law, the U.S. Constitution, and our fundamental American values of providing refuge for families fleeing war and violence," said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.
Exodus has settled 892 refugees, including some from Syria, in the past fiscal year, and is projected to settle approximately that number in 2016, including 19 Syrians approved for refugee status by the federal government that have been placed with Exodus.
The decision, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. v. Mike Pence, et al., Case 1:15-cv-01858-TWP-DKL was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, on February 29, 2016.
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