NIJC Completed Federal Court Cases

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,...

September 26, 2012

NIJC, with the American Immigration Council (AIC), filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Cuellar de Osorio et. al.’s en banc rehearing.  Briefing for the case is connected to a class action that takes up the same issue – interpretation of INA § 203(h)(3), 8 U.S.C. § ...

July 13, 2012

Ms. Wu came to the U.S. legally as a child with her parents, but because of attorney incompetence they were ordered to depart the country when she was 11.  Further ineffective assistance led to a series of missteps as the family filed applications in the wrong place.  New counsel eventually sought and obtained reopening in the...

June 7, 2012

In Granados Gaitan v. Holder, NIJC filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of Mr. Gaitan’s petition for rehearing.  Mr. Gaitan is an asylum seeker from El Salvador.  In El Salvador, MS-13 members attempted to recruit him, and threatened him and his family after he refused...

May 21, 2012

Represented by Sidley Austin LLP and Northwestern Law School, NIJC filed an amicus brief at the United States Supreme Court arguing against excessive deference being given to the Board of Immigration Appeals. The brief argued that the Supreme Court should reject the Board's aggressive assertion of its power to reject federal court...

May 4, 2012

April 22, 2009 

The issue in Nken v. Holder, as stated in the Question Presented, was the proper standard for deciding whether to stay removal for a person challenging a removal order.  On that point, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 (over a dissent by Justices Alito and...
May 4, 2012

April 22, 2009 

The issue in Nken v. Holder, as stated in the Question Presented, was the proper standard for deciding whether to stay removal for a person challenging a removal order.  On that point, the Supreme Court decided 7-2...
April 18, 2012

The case of Demiraj v. Holder involves a family of Albanians who fear persecution by a human trafficker, Bill Bedini. Edmond Demiraj was slated to testify against the trafficker, who escaped and fled. Mr. Demiraj was eventually deported to Albania, where he was kidnapped, beaten, and shot by Bedini. He then returned to the U.S. where...

March 28, 2012

In Vartelas v. Holder...