NIJC Litigation in the News

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 called on ICE to truly protect LGBTQ individuals by ending the policy to detain them.

Women in the World, The New York...

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....

June 25, 2015

"La Junta de Apelaciones de Inmigración concedió asilo en Estados Unidos a un inmigrante mexicano por la persecución que sufriría en su país por ser VIH positivo y considerado gay, informó hoy el Centro de Justicia Inmigrante de Chicago (NIJC)."...

April 6, 2015

"The number of immigrants being held in detention centers across the U.S. is the lowest it’s been in nearly a decade, possibly signaling a change in a federal mandate called a 'bed quota.'" NIJC's policy director, Royce Benstein Murray, spoke to the press about why immigration detention should be used only as a last resort and how a different...

February 4, 2015

The family detention system in the United States is rapidly expanding and will soon have the capacity to jail more than 2,400 mothers and children, many of whom fled violence in Central America. The New York Times Magazine wrote about the legal service providers and advocates who struggle to serve all of the detained families to ensure they...

January 14, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest U.S. detention facility, which will hold up to 2,400 mothers and children, the vast majority of whom fled violence in Central America. NIJC and other advocates are appalled and deeply disappointed by this move to expand inhumane family detention.

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December 19, 2014

A non-violent misdemeanor from decades ago can be grounds for deporting lawful permanent residents of the United States. A reporter from The Atlantic uses his own brother's immigration case to explore how the immigration system often works against individuals who are fighting to stay in the U.S., including limited access to counsel, language...

November 18, 2014

On September 23, 2014 the Obama administration announced it would open a massive detention center for families, primarily women and children fleeing violence in Central America. This move comes as NIJC and other advocates--including legal service providers, mental health workers, and anti-domestic violence advocates--push for the closure of...

March 21, 2012

The U.N. Special Rappoteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, issued a report stating that the abuse suffered by detained gay and transgender immigrants in the U.S. government's custody amounts to torture. NIJC exposed the abuse in its multi-individual complaint submitted to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on behalf of LGBT individuals in...

October 18, 2011

Through its documentary, Lost in Detention, PBS Frontline exposed the secretive world of the U.S. immigration detention system and the Obama administration's inhumane enforcement practices. NIJC contributed its expertise during the documentary's...