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Alvarez v. LaRose

As the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading aggressively across the United States in Spring 2020, it hit jails, prisons, and detention centers with particular virulence. The Otay Mesa Detention Center (OMDC), which detains both individuals held by the U.S. Marshals’ Service (USMS) facing federal...

April 25, 2020

Rodriguez Alcantara v. Archambeault

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an acute threat to the health and safety of people in congregate settings—places where large groups of people live, eat, and share common spaces in close proximity to one another. The populations at U.S. ICE detention centers across the country are no exception.

April 21, 2020 Immigrants' Rights

Guan et al. v. Wolf et al.

The five journalists filed a federal lawsuit alleging that CBP’s questioning aimed at uncovering their sources of information and their observations as journalists was unconstitutional.

November 20, 2019 Border

Doe v. Wolf

Pursuant to DHS’s former so-called Migrant Protection Protocols tens of thousands of asylum-seeking individuals and families were forced to wait in precarious conditions in Mexican border cities while their asylum cases were adjudicated. On November 5, 2019, we filed a class action to challenge...

November 5, 2019 Border Immigrants' Rights