Naureen Shah

Naureen Shah (@naureenshah) is a senior policy and advocacy counsel on immigrants’ rights with the ACLU. She is a human rights lawyer with history as a strategist, lobbyist, researcher and campaigner. Previously she was senior director of campaigns at the US section of Amnesty International and a lobbyist at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. Naureen has lobbied Congress, the White House, federal agencies, the UN, EU, foreign governments and regional human rights bodies. She is the author of several reports and commentaries on human rights, detention, torture and national security. She has collaborated with and trained grassroots activists across the country. She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Demonstrators protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to demand the release of immigran families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2020. Views
Sunday, February 14, 2021
This Is Biden's Chance to End ICE's Abuses—For Good
President Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium, announced late last month, was a monumental achievement for immigrant justice activists and immigrant communities. Less visible but potentially groundbreaking: The Department of Homeland Security’s promise to conduct a top-to-bottom review of...
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Friday, June 21, 2019
As Trump Tweets Hateful Threats, States are Protecting Immigrant Rights
This week, President Trump kicked off his re-election campaign by tweeting a threat to deport millions of immigrants, apparently referring to his administration’s plans for mass raids on families across the country. Meanwhile, news continues to break about what his administration is already doing,...
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The stories become even more harrowing when we learn why ICE allegedly imposed solitary. (Photo: Thomas  Hawk/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, May 27, 2019
DHS Is Locking Immigrants in Solitary Confinement
In 2012, I visited the federal supermax prison ADX Florence in Colorado and spoke with men living in solitary confinement. I listened closely to their stories of anguish, but I could not understand how they survived it. They told me of the horror of being trapped in a small room, without access to...
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Sending kids to Guantanamo is uniquely dangerous.(Photo: Alex Brandon/AP) Views
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
I’ve Been to Guantanamo. It’s No Place for Kids.
Over the last year, the country has been shocked by reports of the inhumane treatment of children and families in immigrant detention. Now, the Trump administration appears to be increasing the scope and severity of its immigrant detention scheme by potentially detaining immigrants at Guantanamo...
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Friday, July 01, 2016
When Will the White House Tell Us the Whole Truth About Drone Killings?
The Situation Room, a commander-in-chief with rapidly graying hair, a cluster of grim-faced men and women debating the ethics and the legality of a killing. This is how the Obama administration has for years sought to portray its notorious global drone killing program: cautious, calculated and as...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Will Guantánamo Still Be Open in 2050?
Will Guantánamo still be open a decade from now? What about in 2050, a half century after it opened? Years from now, will we still be protesting—every January 11– the grim anniversary of this site of injustice, torture and detention without charge? We hope not, and on Tuesday we saw President Obama...
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Sunday, July 06, 2014
Dear Privacy Board: It’s Us, Earth's Other 95%
There are seven billion people in the world, and 95 percent of them live outside the United States. We know from dozens of revelations from the last year that few, if any, are immune from the watchful eyes of the National Security Agency. Yet in its latest report on surveillance, the government’s...
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time for the Truth about 'Targeted' Killings and US Drones' Civilian Victims
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Obama Has Not Delivered on May's Promise of Transparency on Drones
The past two weeks have seen an escalation in drone strikes more dramatic than any since 2009.
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Monday, May 27, 2013
Rhetoric or Reality on Drones?
In a major address on national security a few days ago, President Obama at last found his voice on the issue of drone strikes. He rejected endless war and secret killings. He admitted that drones are no cure-all for terrorism. He recognized that the best answer for extremism, with its complex dynamics of poverty and political discord, is sometimes not a drone, but diplomacy and aid.
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