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Case Name Woods v. Myers IM-CA-0033
Docket / Court 3:07-cv-01078-DMS-PCL ( S.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Case Summary
On June 13, 2007, private attorneys and attorneys for the ACLU's National Prison Project, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, challenging allegedly ... read more >
On June 13, 2007, private attorneys and attorneys for the ACLU's National Prison Project, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, challenging allegedly inadequate medical care provided to immigrant detainees at the San Diego Correctional Facility (SDCF). The Facility was a contract detention facility in Otay Mesa, California, operated by the Corrections Corporation of America. Civil immigration detainees in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, were housed there pursuant to a contractual agreement between CCA and the federal government. On average, the facility housed 600-800 male and female immigration detainees for periods of time ranging from several weeks to several years.

Plaintiffs alleged that detainees were denied constitutionally adequate medical and mental health care, dental, and vision care. Plaintiffs further alleged that in some instances denial of treatment put pressure on immigrants to waive their hearing rights and thereby expedite their deportation, in hopes of receiving treatment. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as class certification. ICE responded by moving to dismiss the case. In October 2007, the court (Judge Sabraw) denied dismissal as to the majority of Plaintiffs, although a few were released from the litigation on technical grounds.

After Judge Sabraw denied class certification in December 2007, plaintiffs were granted permission to appeal by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to argument in the Court of Appeals, they settled the case in mediation, in late 2010. Under the settlement, SDCF was required to comply with a number of National Council on Correctional Health Care standards, hire additional staffing to expedite care, take steps to expedite care when requested, new standards for balancing security and healthcare needs, and regular reporting requirements. SDCF had one year from the date of approval of the settlement to comply with NCCHC standards and receive certification from that organization of such, before the order could be terminated. The order applied only to SDCF, not to conditions in any other facility. A settlement class was certified and the settlement was approved by the District Court in June of 2011. The case was closed in July of 2012, indicating compliance with the court order without incident.

Dan Dalton - 09/24/2007
Carlos Torres - 06/24/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Goals and Timekeeping
General
Conditions of confinement
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Detention - conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Bivens
Defendant(s) Corrections Corporation of America, Inc.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Plaintiff Description All immigration detainees in ICE custody who are now or in the future will be confined at San Diego Correctional Facility.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2011 - 2012
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
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)
3:07-cv-01078-DMS-PCL (S.D. Cal.) 07/13/2012
IM-CA-0033-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
ACLU Press Release 06/13/2007
IM-CA-0033-0002.pdf | Detail
Class Action Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 06/13/2007
IM-CA-0033-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANTS’ MOTIONS TO DISMISS 10/29/2007 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0033-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
DEFENDANTS’ ANSWER TO PLAINTIFFS’ COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE AND DECLARATORY RELIEF 11/13/2007
IM-CA-0033-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION 12/11/2007 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0033-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement (unsigned) 12/16/2010
IM-CA-0033-0001.pdf | Detail
ORDER APPOINTING CLASS COUNSEL AND GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 06/10/2011 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0033-0007.pdf | Detail
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE 07/13/2012 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0033-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Sabraw, Dana Makoto (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0033-0004 | IM-CA-0033-0006 | IM-CA-0033-0007 | IM-CA-0033-0008 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alexander, Elizabeth R. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0033-0001
Bhat, Ghouri (Texas)
IM-CA-0033-0002 | IM-CA-0033-0003 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0033-0002 | IM-CA-0033-0003 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Jawetz, Tom-Tsvi M. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0033-0002 | IM-CA-0033-0003 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Kelly, Mary Kathryn (California)
IM-CA-0033-0002 | IM-CA-0033-0003 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Loy, John David (California)
IM-CA-0033-0001 | IM-CA-0033-0002 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Rabinovitz, Judy (New York)
IM-CA-0033-0002 | IM-CA-0033-0003
Ramírez, Mónica M. (California)
IM-CA-0033-0002
Stiegler, Anthony Michael (California)
IM-CA-0033-0001 | IM-CA-0033-0002 | IM-CA-0033-0003 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Banach, Micaela P.S. (California)
IM-CA-0033-9000
Browning, William Kiyoshi (California)
IM-CA-0033-9000
Go, Samuel P. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0033-0001 | IM-CA-0033-0005 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Lawrence, Victor M. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0033-0001
Love, Rachel (Arizona)
IM-CA-0033-0005 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Monks, David B. (California)
IM-CA-0033-0005 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Shelton, Micaela P. (California)
IM-CA-0033-0005 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Struck, Daniel Patrick (Arizona)
IM-CA-0033-0001 | IM-CA-0033-0005 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Yurk, Russell R. (Arizona)
IM-CA-0033-0005 | IM-CA-0033-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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