NJ: New Jersey DYFS vs. A.L.

January 10, 2012
NJ DYFS vs. AL - Brief of Amici Curiae (PDF)

Drug War Propaganda and Junk Science No Basis for Child Neglect and Abuse Finding

50 Leading Medical, Public Health and Child Welfare Organizations and Experts File Brief Insisting on Science not Stigma in Child Welfare Decisions Involving Pregnant Women and Allegations of Drug Use


Amicus Briefs Filed in the Mississippi Supreme Court in Support of Dismissing the Murder Prosecution Against R.G. For Experiencing a Stillbirth

December 08, 2010
Brief addressing how prosecution of R.G. lacks foundation in evidence-based research and threatens maternal, fetal and child health filed by the Drug Policy Alliance and the Mississippi Youth Justice Project, on behalf of amici curiae:
Drug Policy Alliance
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Social Workers — Mississippi Chapter
Mississippi Human Services Agenda
Mississippi Youth Justice Project
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Health Experts Warn Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals That Prosecuting Pregnant Women As Drug Labs Is Bad For Babies

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA- On Friday, attorneys asked the court for permission to file an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief in the case A.K. v. Alabama (Docket: CR-09-0485) on behalf of twenty-four public health advocates, organizations and experts.

Victory in Maine re-sentencing

A U.S. District Court Judge in Maine held a sentencing hearing for an HIV positive, pregnant woman from Cameroon and released her on time served. You may recall that earlier this summer Judge Woodcock sentenced her to 238 days, stating this sentence was calculated specifically to ensure that she remained incarcerated for the duration of her pregnancy, rather than time served as recommend by Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the U.S. Attorney and the defense attorney.