Rasmieh Yusef Odeh

REDRESS, together with the IRCT, Bellevue/NYU Program For Survivors Of Torture, Public Committee Against Torture In Israel, and the OMCT submitted an amicus curiae brief in the case of USA v. Rasmieh Yusef Odeh before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on 19 June 2015.

The case concerns an individual who was accused of lying in her immigration application. The district court had excluded expert testimony on the long-lasting and debilitating effects of torture on a survivor, and specifically, testimony on the symptoms and effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the intervention submission focused on the importance of these factors to a proper assessment of the context of the accused person's actions.

On 25 February 2016, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacated the Ms. Odeh's conviction, ruling that expert testimony to the effects of Ms Odeh's post-traumatic stress disorder was wrongly excluded.

See the judgment here.

See: Amicus Curiae submission 19 June 2015

 


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