NIJC Litigation in the News

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...

September 19, 2011

On September 19, 2011, the nation's first 24-hour Deportation Family Support Hotline that connects thousands of Chicago-area families with legal and social service resources was launched. NIJC is a collaborator in the project, which is headed by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

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June 24, 2011

In April 2011, NIJC filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) on behalf of 13 gay and transgender immigrants to seek an investigation into the systemic abuses against sexual minorities in the U.S. immigration detention system. The complaint received significant media attention...

May 9, 2011

In a letter to the editor NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy noted the problems with lack of access to counsel in the immigration detention system, particularly for vulnerable populations held in isolated areas.

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