Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.

Judge Orders Wisconsin Department of Corrections to Stop Abuse at Juvenile Facilities

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections must institute a series of changes to ‘drastically reduce’ inmate abuse at juvenile detention facilities across the state. Coverage by The New York Times indicates that U.S. District Judge James Peterson delivered his verdict with the intention of reducing and eliminating constitutional violations at

Republicans Get On Board With Consumer Protections for Air Travelers

Republicans in Congress are finally warming up to the idea of added consumer protections for air travelers. While The Hill reports that many GOP legislators had been opposed to regulating the airline industry just over a year ago, rejecting calls to curtail a hefty variety of fees and establish minimum seat sizes. However, recent controversies

Attorneys General Join Lawsuit to Ban Controversial Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Six state prosecutors are joining litigation to ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos from being used on American-grown fruits and vegetables. The attorney generals for the states of New York, Maryland, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., all Democrats, filed a motion to intervene in a case first filed by environmental and social justice advocacy groups

Detroit Judge Stays Deportation of 114 Iraqi Nationals

A federal judge in Detroit granted a temporary stay to 114 Iraqi nationals due up for deportation. According to MLive.com, the order was issued by U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of Detroit. The arrests are part of a broader net cast nationwide, in which immigrants previously accused and convicted of criminal offenses are being

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Immigrant Unaccompanied Minors Entitled to Bail Hearings

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that unaccompanied minors detained for immigration offenses are entitled to bail hearings. According to Politico, the Justice Department had been arguing that a 2002 law transferring responsibility for unaccompanied immigrant minors to the Department of Health and Human Services ‘superseded a 1997 settlement under which the government

Michigan AG Schuette Says Schools Can’t Be Fined for Using Native American Mascots

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette determined Thursday that the State Superintendent doesn’t have the authority to fine or withhold funds from school districts that use potentially offensive sports mascots. Midway through March of 2017, Michigan’s state superintendent, Brian Whiston, asked Schuette to investigate whether he’d be able to fine districts which use potentially offensive Native