New York, NY - On February 24, 2015, the International Justice Network (IJN) joined a coalition of leading civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights organizations in sending a letter to Congress.

The February 24 letter urges Congress to ensure that any new legislation authorizing the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) directly addresses the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the 2002 Iraq AUMF. The letter recommends that any new legislation that does not repeal the prior AUMFs should state explicitly that neither of those laws authorizes the use of force against ISIL. The letter asserts that if Congress fails to address the prior AUMFs in any new ISIL-focused legislation, the 2001 and 2002 laws could be used to try and circumvent Congress' will.