During the 2013-2014 session, Jamie filed the following pieces of legislation to promote civil rights and social justice:
An Act restoring enforcement of civil rights
Prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alexander v. Sandoval in 2001, individuals in the Commonwealth had the right to seek redress under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act for policies that had unintentional discriminatory effect. This bill restores the right of an individual to bring a claim where a governmental policy or activity has the effect of unlawfully discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex. This bill allows an aggrieved person to challenge such a policy or activity in state court.
An Act prohibiting the participation of health care professionals in the torture and abuse of prisoners
Health care professionals are expected to “do no harm”. This bill will ensure that Massachusetts licensed health care professionals are not involved in the torture, abuse, or direct interrogation of prisoners or detainees. This bill imposes civil sanctions on health care professionals who participate in torture, abuse, or direct interrogations; requires professionals to report torture or abuse; and provides protections to whistleblowers.