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American Civil Liberties Union
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The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country
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"We want to try to eliminate as much suffering as quickly as we can; these two issues lent themselves to that," said Steven Pevar, an attorney for the ACLU.
"The first thing you have to do is find out what the problem is," Pevar
Steven Pevar, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said in 34 years of suing more than 100 prisons and jails, the Idaho lockup is the most violent he has seen.
"This isn't even what we know of as a prison - this is a gulag," Pevar
Pevar blames the violence on CCA and the former warden, Phillip Valdez, who was head of the prison when Elabed was attacked.
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In 2010, the escalating levels of violence at the center led the ACLU to file a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners against ICC officials and CCA, highlighting twenty-four separate cases of preventable assault that occurred between 2006 and 2010. Stephen Pevar, senior attorney for the ACLU, said that from all his experience in suing over 100 jails and prisons, he had never seen anything like the level of violence at ICC.
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Stephen Pevar is a graduate of Princeton University (1968) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1971).
From 1971 through 1974, Mr. Pevar was a staff attorney with South Dakota Legal Services on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.
From 1976 to the present, he has been a National Staff Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Mr. Pevar has litigated some two hundred federal cases involving constitutional rights, including cases in more than ten different Federal District Courts, three different U.S. Courts of Appeals, and one case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The areas of his specialty include Indian and tribal rights, prisonersâ€™ rights, free speech of public employees, and the separation of church and state.
In addition to his work with the ACLU, Mr. Pevar is the author of The Rights of Indians and Tribes.
He has litigated a number of cases in the field of Indian rights and has lectured extensively on the subject.
Mr. Pevar was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver School of Law from 1983 through 1999, where he taught Federal Indian Law, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law in the spring of 2013, teaching American Indian Law.
Mr. Pevar will teach American Indian Law as an adjunct professor in the spring of 2015 at New York University School of Law.
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"This is an important step forward for the rights of Indian families and tribes," said Stephen Pevar, senior staff counsel with the ACLU's Racial Justice Program.
ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Stephen Pevar, author of "The Rights of Indians and Tribes," had a chance to ask writer/director Antonino D'Ambrosio about the film.