Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

How’d We Do? Human Rights – A Look Back at 2015

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published their annual report which reviews the status of human rights around the world. In the new release, World Report 2016: Events of 2015, HRW looks at more than 90 countries and the international issues that have defined human rights discourse over the year.  The 659-page report is divided...

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: New Tactics in Terrorism

The European Union’s First Response Network (FRN) recently convened to discuss the evolving methods of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Europe.  Comprised of counter-terrorism experts from every EU member state, the FRN met in response to the series of coordinated attacks that took place on November 13, 2015 in Paris...

U.S. Government Takes Steps to Improve Federal Background Investigations

Upon the successful completion of the 90-Day Suitability and Security Review , that was initiated by the Obama Administration after the increase in cybersecurity attacks last year, the Administration recently announced the implementation of two major changes that will help “modernize and strengthen the way we conduct background investigations and...

New DHS Report: Entry/Exit Overstay for 2015

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the Entry/Exit Overstay Report for Fiscal Year 2015. The report focuses on nonimmigrant visitors to the United States, and DHS efforts to improve overstay identification while also addressing infrastructure limitations. According to the DHS Press Release: “In FY 2015, of the nearly 45 million...

Zika Virus in the United States – What You Need to Know

In recent weeks, the Zika virus has established itself as a growing health concern of the American public. Of particular concern are reports surfacing from Brazil that link Zika virus infections to instances of microcephaly in newborns with birth mothers who were infected during their pregnancies. It is important to...

Community Policing to Prevent Violent Extremism: Opportunity is Knocking

A new report from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security suggests that violent extremism may be prevented through the strategic approach of community policing. In “The Challenge and Promise of Using Community Policing Strategies to Prevent Violent Extremism: A Call for Community Partnerships with Law Enforcement to Enhance...

Terror Threat Snapshot: New Year, Same Story

Though early into 2016, Terrorism has already impacted the new year. Recent attacks, such as the officer shooting in Philadelphia, explosions in Jakarta, and a suicide bombing in Istanbul, demonstrate that few changes are in store for 2016 when it comes to the use of terror as a strategy. With...

Infectious Diseases: A Forgotten Facet of Global Security

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future (GHRF) has published a compelling report on the international need to galvanize and rethink the global approach to infectious disease resiliency. “Compared with other high-profile threats to human and economic security –...

ATF and ICE Collaboration to Reduce Mexican Firearms Trafficking

The United States (U.S.) has a strong interest in assisting its neighbors in matters of national security. By offering resources to improve/preserve the safety of citizens in bordering countries, the U.S. ideally hopes to improve their overall quality of life; thus reducing their impetus to contemplate illegal immigration into the...

Outbreak! What’s the State of Your State?

In a recently released report on America’s ability to effectively respond to an outbreak of infectious disease, the Trust for America’s Health ranked all 50 states based on 10 criteria ranging from public health funding to syringe exchange programs. The 10 indicators were chosen, according to the report, “after consulting...