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Christynne Wood v. CFG Jamacha, LLC, dba Crunch Fitness

Under California law, it is illegal for businesses open to the public to discriminate against any person based on their sex, gender identity, or gender expression. Though the law is clear, our client, Christynne Wood, was not permitted to utilize the women’s locker room/bathroom at Crunch Fitness...

June 15, 2018

Ms. L v. ICE

Fearing death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ms. L. escaped with her seven-year-old daughter, eventually arriving at the San Ysidro port of entry in November 2017 to request asylum...

February 26, 2018

Child Abuse FOIA

This lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) challenges the failure of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and several of its component agencies to produce records related to the abuse and mistreatment of children in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

February 11, 2015 Border

ACLU v. Department of Homeland Security [Roving Patrols FOIA]

This is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case challenging defendant Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s failure to respond to Plaintiffs’ request for information regarding U.S. Border Patrol’s interior enforcement / “roving patrol” operations in SoCal.

February 10, 2015 Border

Jacobson et al. v. DHS et al.

This is a First Amendment case brought against DHS, CBP, and certain named officials for their interference with the plaintiffs’ right to protest, observe, and record activity at the U.S. Border Patrol’s checkpoint on Arivaca Road near the Arizona-Mexico border.

November 20, 2014 Border