Coronavirus

Stat News: When the treatment is torture: ICE must stop using solitary confinement for Covid-19 quarantine

When the treatment is torture: ICE must stop using solitary confinement for Covid-19 quarantine This article was written by our client Ellen Gallagher. After months of social distancing, many of us are feeling its effects. Experts have delineated the mental and physical health impacts of isolation caused by the pandemic, and those who have experienced home [...]

Government Executive: They Sounded the Alarm, Evacuated Americans and Started Working on a Vaccine

They Sounded the Alarm, Evacuated Americans and Started Working on a Vaccine Behind-the-scenes stars of the federal government’s coronavirus response. This article mentions our Legal Director Tom Devine and client Jay Brainard.  The federal government’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has been mixed at best. Government officials arguably underestimated the threat, made key missteps [...]

The Washington Post: Investigation Ordered Into TSA Response to Coronavirus After Whistleblower Complaint

Note: this article, featuring our client Jay Brainard and our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Investigation Ordered Into TSA Response to Coronavirus After Whistleblower Complaint An independent federal watchdog has ordered an investigation into the Transportation Security Administration's response to the coronavirus, after a whistleblower alleged that the agency botched its initial [...]

2020-06-18T17:15:52-04:00June 18th, 2020|Coronavirus, Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, In The News, TSA|

Sign On Re: DHS Measures the Threaten Safety and Family Unity of Immigrant Children

June 16, 2020 Chad Wolf Acting Secretary Department of Homeland Security 301 7th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20528 Re: Recent DHS Measures That Threaten the Safety and Family Unity of Vulnerable Immigrant Children Dear Acting Secretary Wolf: The undersigned 122 organizations strongly oppose recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) measures that threaten the safety and [...]

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on ICE and Prison Detention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2020 Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on ICE and Prison Detention Government Accountability Project Client Testifies About Dangers During Pandemic WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, June 2, at 10:00 am, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing titled “Examining Best Practices for Incarceration and Detention During COVID-19.” Government Accountability [...]

Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of the CORE Act

May 26, 2020 Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of the CORE Act The Hon. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) The Hon. Charles Schumer (D-NY) United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Hon. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) The Hon. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Members of the Senate and House: We strongly [...]

Empty Shelves, Culled Animals: COVID-19 Intersects with Decades of Industrialized Agriculture   

Empty Shelves, Culled Animals: COVID-19 Intersects with Decades of Industrialized Agriculture    For decades, whistleblowers have told us that it is dangerous when Big Ag puts profits over people. Companies such as Tyson, JBS, and Smithfield, which have historically bulldozed independent businesses to gain control of our meat supply, have built fragile global supply chains in [...]

COVID-19 & the Dismantling of Oversight: How the Trump Administration is Exploiting the Pandemic and Public Distraction to Purge Whistleblowers 

COVID-19 & the Dismantling of Oversight: How the Trump Administration is Exploiting the Pandemic and Public Distraction to Purge Whistleblowers  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform every aspect of our society, from our daily lives to the economy, Government Accountability Project continues to confront the unparalleled challenges of the current moment. While the American public is understandably distracted, the current administration is [...]

Press Release: Food Integrity Campaign Petition to Protect Meat Inspectors During COVID-19 Garners Thousands of Signatures 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 8, 2020  Food Integrity Campaign Petition to Protect Meat Inspectors During COVID-19 Garners Thousands of Signatures  Petition Launch Follows Thousands of COVID-19 cases in Meat Industry   WASHINGTON – This week, the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign launched a petition to expand and strengthen protections for essential workers employed within the meat industry. Meat industry [...]

Press Statement: Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Keeping Meat Plants Open Amidst Pandemic 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 30, 2020  Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Keeping Meat Plants Open Amidst Pandemic  WASHINGTON – President Trump announced on Tuesday that he intended to order meat plants to stay open by declaring them essential infrastructure under the Defense Production Act. This order comes after more than 6,000 meat workers have tested positive and 20 have died of COVID-19. Across the country, plants have been closing in [...]

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