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Baby Jails – The Fight to End the Incarceration of Refugee Children in America Hardcover – Import, 10 March 2020

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“A must read for anyone interested in the legal and political history of asylum seekers, from the Reagan to the Trump administrations.” ― CHOICE

"Schrag’s attention as a legal scholar to relevant litigation and legislation is not overly technical for non-legal readers, yet it is sufficiently detailed to help emerging law professionals better understand the historical arc of law and precedent associated with the detention of immigrant children and families. Baby Jails also stands out because of how adeptly Schrag integrates the stories of advocates and organizations into his treatment of legal history."

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"The immediate and lasting importance of this work is that it forces readers to confront evil done under the guise of “the law” and within the auspices of the legal." ―
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&;In Baby Jails, Philip Schrag delivers a most comprehensive legislative, statutory and litigation history of the complex issues involving the incarceration of refugee children under the guise of controlling the flow of immigrants into the U.S. Schrag chronicles the plight of the children and how their lawyers have engaged in a continuing battle that has been ongoing since 1985. This is a must-read book for lawmakers, judges and anyone who wants to become better informed on this important issue. Schrag offers some very concrete and practical solutions that address the crisis at its roots.&;&;Richard A. Boswell, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law

&;Both inspirational and heart-breaking, Baby Jails details more than three decades of advocacy by lawyers and nongovernmental organizations intent on protecting migrant children from the harsh, dehumanizing conditions that these children face in immigration detention. Schrag&;s ability to combine a clear explanation of complex legal issues with extensive behind-the-scenes reporting is unparalleled and will reward every reader.&;&;Michele Pistone, Professor of Law and Director, Clinic for Asylum, Refugee, and Emigrant Services, Villanova University

&;A novel and thorough historical account of an issue of enormous importance. The book offers a window into the reach and limits of almost every possible advocacy strategy: grassroots organizing, lobbying, state and federal litigation, technological innovation, and working with the media.&;&;Geoffrey Heeren, Associate Professor and Director, Immigration Clinic, Valparaiso University School of Law

&;A powerful work that uses a rich combination of litigation documents, personal interviews, noncitizens&; stories, and case law to trace the development of child and family detention in the United States.&;&;Pooja R. Dadhania, Assistant Professor, California Western School of Law

&;Immigrant children are still children&;human children&;our children. This is a timely, thoroughly researched study of the United States&; ongoing struggle to ensure that migrant children in the custody of our federal government are protected and cared for in settings that are in the best interest of the child. It should be required reading and inspire calls to action right now.&;&;Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita, Children&;s Defense Fund

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of California Press (10 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 340 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0520299302
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0520299306
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 680 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 3.3 x 22.86 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
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Philip G. Schrag, the Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaches Civil Procedure and directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees from persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1981, he was assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund, the Consumer Advocate of the City of New York, a professor at Columbia University Law School, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from which he received a Meritorious Honor Award in 1981. Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished and varied career in civic service, which has included positions as a delegate to the District of Columbia Statehood Constitutional Convention in 1982, an editor and consultant on consumer protection during the Carter-Mondale transition, a consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, a consultant to the Governor's Advisory Council of Puerto Rico, an advisor to the Committee of Chinese Legal Educators, and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition, he drafted New York City's Consumer Protection Act of 1969. He has written or co-authored fourteen books and dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, legal ethics, political asylum, and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. In 2008, he received the Association of American Law Schools' Deborah L. Rhode award for advancing public service opportunities in law schools through scholarship, service and leadership, the Lexis/Nexis' Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, and the Outstanding Law Faculty Award from Equal Justice Works.

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