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Using a Human Rights Approach in Immigration Advocacy

An Introduction

By Robert Pauw, Rebecca Sharpless & Judith L. Wood

Human rights norms offer broader protections for immigrants than do U.S. domestic laws, and human rights approaches can be effective in both individual cases and policy advocacy. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is the primary forum in which individuals may file claims against the United States for human rights violations. Immigration advocates should add claims before the commission to their repertoire of domestic law strategies.

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