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Case Name C.M. v. United States IM-AZ-0027
Docket / Court 2:19-cv-05217-SRB ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center
Case Summary
On September 19, 2019, five asylum-seeking parents, on their own behalf and on behalf of their minor children, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The plaintiffs, represented by private ... read more >
On September 19, 2019, five asylum-seeking parents, on their own behalf and on behalf of their minor children, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the American Immigration Council, sought monetary relief and attorneys fees. The plaintiffs alleged the intentional infliction of emotional distress by the United States government through its child-separation policy. The government separated the asylum-seeking parents from their children, delayed providing parents and children information of each other’s whereabouts and well-being, failed to facilitate adequate communication between the parents and their children while separated, and failed to implement a system to ensure families could be reunited. The government did this deliberately, plaintiffs alleged, to deter other parents with children from seeking asylum in the United States.

This case is ongoing.

Ashton Dubey - 11/01/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Placement in detention facilities
Immigration/Border
Asylum - procedure
Detention - procedures
Family
Causes of Action Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. § 2674
Defendant(s) United States
Plaintiff Description Five asylum-seeking immigrants, on their own behalf and each on behalf of one minor child.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
2:19-cv-5217 (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0027-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/23/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-AZ-0027-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/19/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Bolton, Susan Ritchie (D. Ariz.) show/hide docs
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