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 when he was approximately one year old, and has permanently resided in the United States since shortly after his birth. Nonetheless, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) unlawfully lodged an immigration detainer against him in July 2010, resulting in his two-month imprisonment in a maximum-security prison.
NIJC's Defenders Initiative responds to email inquiries from criminal defense attorneys who have questions regarding potential immigration consequences that their immigrant defendant clients may face. Use the form at right to contact the Defenders Initiative to schedule a training or ask a question about how your client's criminal case may impact his or her immigration status.
For more resources on immigration consequences for criminal defendents, visit the Immigrant Defense Project.
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