NIJC Completed Federal Court Cases

February 4, 2014

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and pro bono partners at Ropes & Gray LLP represented Yesenia Maldonado Lopez in her petition for review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Maldonado is a lesbian woman from El Salvador who, at the age of 14, was forced to marry a man 50 years her senior. ...

April 23, 2013

Amici NIJC, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, represented by Baker & McKenzie pro bono attorneys, filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Petitioner in Moncrieffe v. Holder, 569 U. S. ____,  133 S. Ct. 1678 (2013). ...

February 20, 2013

In Supreme Court Case Chaidez v. United States, NIJC Argues that Immigrants’ Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel Existed Pre-Padilla

Issue:

When a noncitizen is charged with a criminal offense, it can have far-reaching consequences for them and their families.  Minor...

February 13, 2013

In Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder, NIJC filed an amicus brief in support of Ms. Henriquez-Rivas, an asylum-seeker from El Salvador.  When Ms. Henriquez-Rivas was twelve years old, she witnessed members of Mara Salvatrucha (“MS”) kill her father.   She then testified in court against three MS members, and two were...

February 6, 2013

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) filed a lawsuit against officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Jefferson County, Illinois, on behalf of seven immigrants who were held at the Jefferson County Justice Center under unsanitary conditions and with inadequate health care.

The lawsuit...

January 2, 2013

NIJC and pro bono partner McDermott Will & Emery, filed a petition for review at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, on behalf of a man from Mexico.  Mr. Mejia entered the United States almost 40 years ago and quickly established roots in Chicago.  He and his longtime U.S. citizen partner married in 2007 in...

December 11, 2012

NIJC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and pro bono partner McDermott Will & Emery LLP filed an amici brief in support of Oshodi’s peititon for rehearing en banc at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Oshodi, a native of Nigeria, was tortured and persecuted in Nigeria as a result...

October 19, 2012

NIJC filed an amicus brief before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Francisco Garfias Rodriguez, a Mexican man whose removal order based on the INA § 212(a)(9)(C) permanent bar was sustained by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) despite the fact that he is married to a United States citizen wife and is the...

October 4, 2012

In June, the Seventh Circuit dismissed the Petition for Review in Anaya-Aguilar v. Holder, which sought to challenge the BIA's denial of sua sponte reopening.  683 F.3d 369 (7th Cir. 2012).  NIJC blogged about the decision...

September 27, 2012

Johana Cece is an Albanian woman who was targeted by organized crime figures in Albania for forced sex trafficking.  She fled Albania to escape, and applied for asylum.  The Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) denied her claim, holding that Albanian women who fear sex trafficking cannot access asylum protections in this country,...