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Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. It is based in Montgomery, Ala., and has offices in Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami, Fla., and Jackson, Miss.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Clark v. Edwards
3:20-cv-00308 (M.D. La.)
Filed 05/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Louisiana
Election/Voting Rights
VR-LA-0120
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This suit was brought on May 19, 2020, by two non-profit organizations and three voter plaintiffs against the state of Louisiana to challenge Louisiana’s Excuse Requirement, Witness Requirement, and Cure Prohibition. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin the defendants from enforcing the Excuse and ... [view]
2 People First of Alabama v. Merrill
2:20-cv-00619-AKK (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State of Alabama
Election/Voting Rights
VR-AL-0268
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed by Alabama voters to temporarily enjoin Alabama’s voting law provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs challenged the witness and photo ID requirement, requiring absentee voters to obtain witness or notary signatures, and submit a photocopy of their ID with their ballot. The plaintiffs ... [view]
3 Gumns v. Edwards
3:20-cv-00231-SDD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 04/14/2020 - Closed 2020
State of Louisiana
Prison Conditions
PC-LA-0020
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action challenges Louisiana's treatment of people in jail and prison who test positive for COVID-19, specifically the policy of transferring both pre-trial and post-conviction patients to the previously-closed Camp J at Angola Prison. On May 15, the court denied the emergency motion for a temporary restraining order, ... [view]
4 Gayle v. Meade
1:20-cv-21553 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Miami Field Office
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-FL-0029
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action lawsuit for declaratory, injunctive and habeas relief, brought on behalf of detainees in civil immigration detention at three ICE detention centers in Florida. The petitioners sought a writ of habeas corpus, requesting the immediate release of all individuals in custody, as well as a declaration that continued ... [view]
5 Benavides v. Gartland
5:20-cv-00046 (S.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Folkston ICE Processing Center
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0015
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas and injunctive action brought on behalf of immigration detainees in the Folkston ICE Processing Center, alleging that their underlying medical conditions made them especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and that release was the only appropriate remedy to the constitutional violations occurring via their detention. The ... [view]
6 Martinez v. Donahue
7:20-cv-00062 (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0016
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by immigration detainees in Georgia with underlying medical conditions that made them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. The detainees alleged that their continued detention was unconstitutional and requested release. The court denied a TRO on April 10, and denied a preliminary injunction on June ... [view]
7 Thompson v. Tsoukaris
1:20-cv-01449 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0014
Washington
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: Over a dozen non-citizens detained in immigration detention facilities, who had underlying medical conditions rendering them particularly susceptible to COVID-19 complications, filed this suit on April 3, 2020 against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Atlanta, GA, seeking immediate release.
On April 3, 2020, the ... [view]
8 Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center v. Trump
3:19-cv-02051 (D. Or.)
Filed 12/18/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-OR-0010
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: The SPLC, Innovation Law Lab, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Santa Fe Dreamers Project filed for an emergency temporary restraining order challenging the continued operation of the immigration courts despite the current public health crisis. On ... [view]
9 G.H. v. Marstiller
4:19-cv-00431-MW-MJF (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 09/04/2019 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-FL-0008
Leon County
Coding Complete
On September 4, 2019, three minors represented by their legal guardians filed a complaint against the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Justice Institute, and Florida Legal ... [view]
10 Fraihat v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
5:19-cv-01546 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/19/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-CA-0147
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a preexisting class action addressing conditions of confinement in ICE custody, particularly for noncitizen detainees with medical or mental health needs, or other disabilities. On March 24, 2020, plaintiffs sought an emergency order addressing the COVID-19 infection risks of detainees with special risk factors, or ... [view]
11 East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr
4:19-cv-04073 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/16/2019 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0146
Coding Complete
On July 16, 2019, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, and the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles challenged a new asylum policy of the federal government narrowing eligibility qualifications for asylum seekers. Specifically, the plaintiffs challenged an interim final rule, promulgated by the Attorney ... [view]
12 Jones v. DeSantis
4:19-cv-00300 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/15/2019 - Case Ongoing
Ten Florida Counties
Supervisor of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-FL-0009
Coding Complete
In the fall of 2018, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution, restoring voting rights to most people convicted of felonies “upon completion of all terms of sentence, including parole or probation.” (This excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses.) On June 28, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7066 into law, ... [view]
13 Abiala v. Barr
7:19-cv-00082-HL (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/06/2019 - Case Ongoing
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0013
Coding Complete
On June 6, 2019, a noncitizen detained in Irwin County Detention Center filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The plaintiff alleged that the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) had a practice of setting unaffordable bonds. The complaint stated that such individuals often ... [view]
14 Heredia Mons v.McAleenan
1:19-cv-01593 (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/30/2019 - Case Ongoing
United States
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0071
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: A class of asylum seekers detained by the New Orleans ICE Field Office filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction, requesting that defendants be compelled to conduct individual parole reviews for every detainee and to consider the risk of COVID-19 to them in determining their eligibility for parole. On April 21, 2020, ... [view]
15 Harvard v. Inch
4:19-cv-00212-MW-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 05/08/2019 - Case Ongoing
Florida Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-FL-0032
Coding Complete
On May 8, 2019, six prisoners with mental and/or physical disorders of the Florida Department of Corrections filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs sued the Florida Department of Corrections and its Secretary under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and ... [view]
16 Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen
3:19-cv-00807 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/14/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0144
Washington, D.C.
Coding Complete
On February 14, 2019, a group of asylum seekers from Central America and several legal organizations filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ... [view]
17 Brown v. Ramsay
4:18-cv-10279 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 12/03/2018 - Case Ongoing
Monroe County Detention Center
Immigration and/or the Border
Criminal Justice (Other)
IM-FL-0028
Monroe County
Coding Complete
On December 3, 2018, a U.S. citizen detainee filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to challenge his unlawful arrest and detention by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The plaintiff alleged that the Sheriff's Office carelessly and aggressively arrested him for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ... [view]
18 Cook v. Taylor
2:18-cv-00977 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 11/19/2018 - Closed 2019
Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0019
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
Here is the summary I posted on the Clearinghouse, 6/23/2020: On November 19, 2018, individuals whose driver’s licenses were suspended because of failure to pay traffic tickets filed this putative class action against the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Represented by the Southern ... [view]
19 J.E.C.M. v. Lloyd
1:18-cv-00903-LMB-MSN (E.D. Va.)
Filed 07/20/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Health and Human Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VA-0007
Coding Complete
On July 20, 2018, a group of minors from Honduras and Guatemala and their guardians and sponsors filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs sued the Office of Refugee Resettlement, US Customs and Border Protection, the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, Youth for ... [view]
20 Johnson v. Jessup
1:18-cv-00467 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 05/30/2018 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NC-0008
Coding Complete
On May 30, 2018, two low-income citizens facing permanent license revocation filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The case was assigned to Chief Judge Thomas D. Schroeder. The plaintiffs sued the commissioner of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) under §1983 for alleged ... [view]
21 Barrientos v. Corecivic
4:18-cv-00070-CDL (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/17/2018 - Case Ongoing
CoreCivic, Inc.
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0012
Coding Complete
On April 17, 2018, three current or former detained immigrants filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The plaintiffs sued CoreCivic, Inc., a private prison corporation that owns and operates the Stewart Detention Center (“Stewart”), under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), 18 ... [view]
22 Southern Poverty Law Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:18-cv-00760-CKK (D.D.C.)
Filed 04/04/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0046
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: On May 7, the plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order in response to COVID-19, directing the defendants to remove access barriers and ameliorate dangerously punitive conditions at the detention facilities at issue, such as providing detainees with access to free and private phone calls. They claimed that the defendants ... [view]
23 Stewart v. Azar
1:18-cv-00152 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0007
Coding Complete
This lawsuit grew out of Kentucky’s attempts to impose Medicaid work requirements. On August 24, 2016, the Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, submitted an application under Section 1115 of the Medicaid Act to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He requested a waiver of various Medicaid Act requirements to implement the “ ... [view]
24 Gresham v. Azar
1:18-cv-01900-JEB (D.D.C.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Human Health Services
Department of Human Health Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0009
Coding Complete
Title XIX of the Social Security Act (SSA) has provided medical care assistance to certain vulnerable populations under a cooperative federal-state arrangement, approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In 2010 Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (“Obamacare”) that expanded Medicare coverage to include an ... [view]
25 Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of State
1:17-cv-02080-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/05/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0033
Coding Complete
On Oct. 5, 2017, the organizations Muslim Advocates, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs sued the Department of State (DOS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the latter's component U.S. Customs and ... [view]
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