NIJC Litigation in the News

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....

November 15, 2015
In response to intense community pressure, private for-profit prison company The GEO Group, Inc. formally withdrew its request to rezone land in Gary, IN, to build an 800-bed immigration detention center. The victory was the result of powerful community organizing by...
October 21, 2015
After three years of Freedom of Information Act litigation, NIJC released U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ...
October 7, 2015

For the first time, U.S. Custom and Border Protection issued public standards for the treatment of individuals in its custody. The Tucson Sentinel gathered advocates' and legal service providers', including NIJC's, reactions and concerns about the new guidance....

September 3, 2015

A federal appeals court granted Convention Against Torture protection to a transgender woman who fled persecution in Mexico, setting an important precedent for transgender individuals seeking protection in the United States. NIJC's Keren Zwick, who participated in oral arguments in the case, explains the potential wide-ranging impact of this...

August 27, 2015

Immigrants rights advocates and legal services providers are concerned about plans to transfer transgender immigrants currently detained in facilities around the country to one isolated facility in Adelanto, California, moving them away from their attorneys and support systems. NIJC's Keren Zwick explains the concerns....

August 14, 2015

After several years of Freedom of Information Act litigation, NIJC released 90 immigration detention center contracts revealing which reveal the disarray and lack of transparency of the system that annually detains more than 400,000 people.

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July 27, 2015

A federal court ruling requires the Department of Homeland Security to close imminently its family detention centers holding thousands of asylum-seeking mothers and children. NIJC's Royce Bernstein Murray explained the obstacles mothers and children will still face in the legal system, including having access to counsel and knowing their rights...

June 29, 2015

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new guidance on detaining transgender immigrants. NIJC and a coalition of immigrant and LGBT rights advocates welcomed these long-overdue developments but...

June 25, 2015

NIJC hosted a three-day summit for human rights and legal experts to strategize best practices to help unaccompanied children navigate the complex and broken U.S. immigration system. NIJC's Lisa Koop and Alexandra Fung explain some of the challenges unaccompanied children face....