Amnesty International Immigration Attorney and Expert on Refugees Available to Provide Analysis and Comment Regarding Current Haitian Immigration Issues

Jan 26, 2010, 15:14 ET from Amnesty International

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sarnata Reynolds, Amnesty International USA's advocacy and policy director for refugee and migrants' rights, is available to the media to provide current analysis and commentary regarding the Haitian crisis and surrounding issues.


Sarnata serves as the Vice-Chair of Refugee Council USA and chaired the Iraqi Refugee Working Group. She provides testimony before Congress regularly and has discussed the indefinite detention of stateless children in the United States before the Human Rights and Children's Caucuses. In the past, she represented asylum seekers and immigrants before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Courts and Executive Office for Immigration Review.

As one of the of Washington's foremost experts on human rights and interdiction at sea, Sarnata has taken on a leadership role in developing and pursuing Refugee Council USA's position on the interdiction of Haitians.  Amnesty International has expressed to the Departments of State and Homeland Security that current Haitian interdiction policies violate refugee and international human rights law.  More than 17,000 Amnesty International members wrote to President Obama expressing the same concern.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

SOURCE Amnesty International