University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
view search results
page permalink
Case Name Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security IM-CO-0011
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-00302-RPM ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Case Summary
On Feb. 7, 2018, the Colorado-based nonprofit organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) filed this suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ... read more >
On Feb. 7, 2018, the Colorado-based nonprofit organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) filed this suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The plaintiff was an organization "dedicated to protecting and defending the civil rights of individuals and educating the public concerning civil rights issues." Represented by its own counsel and by the private law firm Ballard Spahr, the plaintiff filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

According to the plaintiff, DHS operated many immigrant detention centers nationwide, including one in Adelanto, CA (the Adelanto Detention Facility [ADF]) in contract with the private-prison corporation GEO Group, and one in Gadsen, AL (the Etowah County Detention Center [ECDC]) in contract with the county sheriff's office. In both facilities, many detainees had alleged substandard conditions including inadequate medical care and mental health care, solitary confinement, and sexual assault. These conditions allegedly led to the death of detained individuals. The plaintiff sought information on conditions of confinement and the individuals detained at these facilities to inform public debate on the issue.

The plaintiff alleged that it had submitted several FOIA requests to ICE on Aug. 15 and Sept. 29, 2017, seeking records related to both the detention centers. The complaint further claimed that, to date, the plaintiff had not received a substantive response from any of the defendant agencies and that the plaintiff had constructively exhausted all required administrative remedies. The plaintiff sought a disclosure order under FOIA, legal fees, and expedited action.

On Feb. 7, 2018, this case was assigned to Judge Richard P. Matsch.

This case is ongoing.

Ava Morgenstern - 02/17/2018


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
General
Administrative segregation
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Placement in detention facilities
Prison Rape Elimination Act
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Immigration/Border
Detention - conditions
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. ยง 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description A civil rights education organization
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
  Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. US Department of Homeland Security & US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
www.creeclaw.org
Date: Feb. 7, 2018
By: Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:18-cv-302 (D. Colo.)
IM-CO-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/09/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-CO-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/07/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Matsch, Richard Paul (D. Colo.)
IM-CO-0011-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)
IM-CO-0011-0001
Gonzales, Amber Rose (Colorado)
IM-CO-0011-0001 | IM-CO-0011-9000
Kelley, Thomas B (Colorado)
IM-CO-0011-0001 | IM-CO-0011-9000

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
view search results
page permalink

- top of page -