NIJC in the News

May 13, 2016

Despite bitter backlash from the public after conducting raids at the beginning of 2016, the Obama administration reportedly decided to resume raids on families fleeing violence in Central America in the summer of 2016. NIJC joined the many voices in opposition of this misguided policy.

The Nation:...

May 10, 2016

A federal judge granted $20,000 in damages to Jhon Erik Ocampo, a U.S. citizen represented by NIJC who spent a week in immigration detention before the government realized its mistake. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident....

April 14, 2016

PRI's The World features NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Inititiative Attorney Keren Zwick and client Gretta, who came to the United States to seek asylum from persecution she suffered because of her transgender identity, only to face further abuse while she was detained for more than two years by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

March 15, 2016

A mother who is an NIJC client and fled gang threats petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to stop her deportation to El Salvador where she will likely be murdered. The DHS Asylum Office rejected the woman's request for protection, calling into question the credibility of the asylum screening process.

Reuters...

March 10, 2016

NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy and Kids In Need Of Defense President Wendy Young co-authored a letter to the editor of The New York Times insisting that immigrant children need a lawyer in court in order to have a fair hearing....

February 25, 2016

A report by NIJC, ACLU, and Detention Watch Network, revealed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's negligence and failure to comply with medical standards led to the deaths of immigrants in detention.

Associated Press:...

February 13, 2016

NIJC's Lisa Koop explains just how critical it is that refugees have lawyers when seeking protection in the United States. Read the article.

January 25, 2016

NIJC was among more than 270 human rights, civil rights, and legal advocacy groups who called on the Obama administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to people fleeing brutal violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America.

NBC News:...

January 5, 2016

In the first few days of 2016, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began home raids targeting Central American families, primarily women and children, who recently fled violence and death in their home countries and are seeking protection in the United States. NIJC spoke to national and local media outlets condemning these inhumane...

December 14, 2015

An op-ed in The Guardian insists that we must develop a more robust inspections process to prevent human rights abuses in immigration detention. The piece mentions NIJC and Detention Watch Network’s report exposing how the ineffective inspections process perpetuates widespread abuse of detained immigrants....