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Case Name Americans for Immigrant Justice v. CBP IM-FL-0026
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-20945 KMW ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization Americans for Immigrant Justice (previously FIAC)
Case Summary
On March 13, 2014, a non-profit law firm advocating for the rights of immigrants, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The case was assigned to Judge Kathleen Williams. AI Justice sued U.S. Customs and ... read more >
On March 13, 2014, a non-profit law firm advocating for the rights of immigrants, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The case was assigned to Judge Kathleen Williams. AI Justice sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). After interviewing immigrant detainees who reported having been kept in cold, overcrowded holding cells for days on end, AI Justice had filed a FOIA request in March 2013, asking the defendants to provide documents regarding their temporary holding policies and the conditions in the temporary holding cells in the Rio Grande Valley sector. The defendants had not responded to the request within the applicable time period and still had not responded a year later. AI Justice sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees.

The defendants completed their initial document search and issued a response to the plaintiff’s FOIA request on March 9, 2015. The defendants produced responsive documents to some but not all parts of the plaintiff’s request. Pursuant to FOIA exemptions, the defendants redacted portions of the documents that contained personal information or information used by law enforcement. Unsatisfied, AI Justice argued that the defendants’ search was inadequately thorough and the FOIA exemptions were inappropriate.

The parties conferred and began collaborating to resolve the issues between them. These conferences lasted for several months and took place entirely without intervention of the court. The parties sought to postpone their trial date several times while they attempted to reach a settlement.

On August 26, 2015, the parties jointly moved to remove this case from the trial calendar, as they had resolved all of their disputes regarding the FOIA request and now only disagreed on whether the plaintiff should receive attorney’s fees. Five days later, the court granted the parties’ motion and requested that they file a stipulation of mootness. The parties resolved their dispute regarding attorney’s fees before filing that stipulation of mootness on September 8, 2015. The defendants agreed to pay the plaintiff $8,750.00. The next day, Judge Williams dismissed the case.

This case presumably closed in September 2015. Nothing else appears on the docket after the case’s dismissal.

Rebecca Strauss - 06/04/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Required disclosure
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
General
Conditions of confinement
Confinement/isolation
Juveniles
Language/ethnic/minority needs
Placement in detention facilities
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Totality of conditions
Youth / Adult separation
Immigration/Border
Detention - conditions
Detention - procedures
Family
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) United States of America
United States of America
Plaintiff Description Americans for Immigrant Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Americans for Immigrant Justice (previously FIAC)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Filing Year 2014
Case Closing Year 2015
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Hieleras (Iceboxes) in the Rio Grande Valley Sector: Lengthy Detention, Deplorable Conditions, and Abuse in CBP Holding Cells
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org
Date: Dec. 17, 2015
By: Guillermo Cantor (American Immigration Council)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:14−cv−20945 (S.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0026-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/10/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-FL-0026-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/13/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation of Mootness [ECF# 33]
IM-FL-0026-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/08/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Dismissing Case [ECF# 34] (S.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0026-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/10/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Williams, Kathleen Mary (S.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0026-0004 | IM-FL-0026-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Joseph (Florida)
IM-FL-0026-0001 | IM-FL-0026-0003 | IM-FL-0026-9000
Santos-Bourne, Jennie (Florida)
IM-FL-0026-0003 | IM-FL-0026-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Raurell, Carlos Javier (Florida)
IM-FL-0026-0003 | IM-FL-0026-9000

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