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Qualified Immunity and the Bivens Doctrines Explained

Qualified Immunity and the Bivens Doctrines Explained

Americans’ civil liberties are in danger if Congress does not ensure that ordinary people can hold state and federal officials accountable for wrongdoing.

Congress must eliminate qualified immunity for state officials and create a new law giving people the right to sue federal officials for violations of their civil and constitutional rights. Americans’ civil liberties are dependent on it.

Hai-Lam Phan is the director of Video at the Center for American Progress. Jasmine Hardy is the senior video producer at the Center. Stephanie Wylie is the senior policy analyst for Legal Progress at the Center. Akua Amaning is an associate director for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Sarah Figgatt is a research assistant for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Maggie Jo Buchanan is the director of Legal Progress at the Center.

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Hai-Lam Phan

Senior Director, Creative

Jasmine Hardy

Senior Video Producer

Stephanie Wylie

Former Associate Director, Courts and Legal Policy

Akua Amaning

Director, Criminal Justice Reform

Sarah Figgatt

Research Assistant

Maggie Jo Buchanan

Former Senior Director and Senior Legal Fellow, Women’s Initiative