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Case Name Ramirez-Martinez v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement IM-WA-0022
Docket / Court 3:14-cv-05273 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
On April 2, 2014, three immigrant detainees incarcerated in the Northwest Detention Center (NDC) filed a lawsuit in the District Court in the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the United States Department ... read more >
On April 2, 2014, three immigrant detainees incarcerated in the Northwest Detention Center (NDC) filed a lawsuit in the District Court in the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the United States Department of Homeland Security. The three detainees, represented by the ACLU, asked the court for injunctive relief in the form of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the placement of prisoners in solitary confinement for exercising their freedom of speech and freedom to protest, as well as a declaratory judgment that the defendants' actions were in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs' claim that they were incarcerated in solitary confinement for the sole reason that they exercised their First Amendment right of speech and petition.

On March 7, 2014, several detainees in the Northwestern Detention Center (NWDC) went on a peaceful hunger strike to protest immigration policies and to raise awareness of the conditions of the NWDC facilities. Officers claimed to be taking detainees to a "meeting" with the assistant warden. When they were escorted out of the unit, the detainees were placed in handcuffs and put in solitary confinement spending 23 hours a day in a cell. ICE's policy does not permit NWDC to place detainees in solitary confinement for any reason other than medical observation.

On May 13, 2014, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal because ICE had released the detainees from solitary confinement.

Tania Morris Diaz - 09/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
General
Conditions of confinement
Confinement/isolation
Disciplinary segregation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description Immigrant detainees who went on a hunger strike protesting immigration policies
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
3:14-cv-5273 (W.D. Wash.) 04/09/2014
IM-WA-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 04/02/2014
IM-WA-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Temporary Restraining Order 04/02/2014
IM-WA-0022-0002.pdf | Detail
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal 05/12/2014
IM-WA-0022-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bryan, Robert Jensen (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0022-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baker, La Rond (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-0001 | IM-WA-0022-0002 | IM-WA-0022-9000
Chen, Margaret (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-0001 | IM-WA-0022-0002 | IM-WA-0022-9000
Dunne, Sarah A. (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-0001 | IM-WA-0022-0002 | IM-WA-0022-0003 | IM-WA-0022-9000
Lee, Melissa R (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-0001 | IM-WA-0022-0002 | IM-WA-0022-0003 | IM-WA-0022-9000
Mungia, Salvador A. (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-0001 | IM-WA-0022-0002 | IM-WA-0022-0003 | IM-WA-0022-9000
Schmitt, Andrea L. (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-0001 | IM-WA-0022-0002 | IM-WA-0022-9000
Straley, Nicholas Broten (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-0001 | IM-WA-0022-0002 | IM-WA-0022-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Chan, Priscilla To-Yin (Washington)
IM-WA-0022-9000
Hildebrand, Regan (District of Columbia)
IM-WA-0022-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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