NIJC Current Federal Court Cases

March 4, 2014

Jimenez Moreno et al v. Napolitano et al, 11-cv-05452 (N.D. Ill) is a federal class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully detaining...

July 3, 2012

NIJC and pro bono partner McDermott Will & Emery LLP, filed a Privacy Act suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) and Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on behalf of a U.S. citizen who was wrongly imprisoned. The plaintiff, James Makowski (“Makowski”), became a U.S. citizen through his U.S. adoptive parents...

June 18, 2012

On June 18, 2012, NIJC filed suit to obtain information regarding the government’s implementation of prosecutorial discretion guidelines and directives from January 1, 2010 until present.  NIJC’s complaint was filed in the Northern District of Illinois, and has been assigned to the Honorable Gary Feinerman.  The Honorable Maria Valdez...

June 15, 2012

Most binding interpretations of immigration law are made by the Board of Immigration Appeals, but the Attorney General himself has authority to decide cases and issue precedential decisions, and may overrule Board decisions with which he disagrees.  The Board decides 40,000 cases per year; it seems improbable that the Attorney General...

January 30, 2012

NIJC filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain information clarifying the circumstances of thousands of immigrant children who may have been unlawfully detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Data released to NIJC under the Freedom of Information Act in 2011 suggest that ICE may have...

April 24, 2014

This case seeks monetary damages for 324 days of wrongful detention due to an immigration detainer. Sergey Mayorov was born in Belarus and lawfully entered the United States at age 9 to live in the custody of his mother. Mr. Mayorov became a legal permanent resident on July 22, 2005 and two years later, in...

May 27, 2014

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and pro bono partners at McDermott, Will and Emery filed a complaint in the United States District Court arguing that the government improperly requires abused stepchildren to remain in relationship with their abusive stepparents in order to receive...

F.H.-T. v. HOLDER

June 2, 2014

F.H.-T. (a pseudonym used to protect him and his family) has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Government’s process for deciding exemptions from the so-called “terrorist bars” which precluded him from obtaining asylum. 

F.H.-T. is an Eritrean man whom everyone...