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National Immigration Project of the NLG
From its website: The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens.

NIPNLG promotes justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and policies related to immigration. For 49 years, the National Immigration Project has served as a progressive source of advocacy-oriented legal support on issues critical to immigrant rights.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Alvarez v. LaRose
3:20-cv-00782 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
Otay Mesa Detention Center
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0164
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by immigration detainees in the Otay Mesa Detention Center, seeking release due to COVID-19. The plaintiffs' request for preliminary injunction was denied on June 7, 2020.
On April 25, 2020 immigration detainees held in the Otay Mesa Detention Center (OMDC) brought this lawsuit in the U.S ... [view]
2 Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte
5:20-cv-00106 (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 04/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MS-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by seven medically vulnerable detainees in Mississippi. They sought release from detention because their underlying medical conditions made them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, which made their detention allegedly unconstitutional. The court denied a TRO on June 3, 2020.
On April 16, 2020 ... [view]
3 Codner v. Choate
1:20-cv-01050 (D. Colo.)
Filed 04/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CO-0013
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by immigrants in detention at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility in Colorado seeking release from detention in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus due to underlying medical conditions. The court denied the TRO on May 27, and the case is ... [view]
4 Dada v. Witte
1:20-cv-00458 (W.D. La.)
Filed 04/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Detention facilities in Louisiana
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-LA-0018
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: 16 medically vulnerable noncitizens in immigration detention centers in Louisiana filed this case in light of the certainty of an outbreak of COVID-19 in their detention facilities. They argued that their continued detention was a violation of the Due Process Clause and the Rehabilitation Act, and sought immediate release. The ... [view]
5 Toure v. Hott
1:20-cv-00395 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Closed
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VA-0008
Coding Complete
COVID-19: This is a habeas action filed by nine immigration detainees confined in the Caroline and Farmville Detention Centers, seeking either writs of habeas corpus for each petitioner, or in the alternative, injunctive relief. The petitioners alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus, either due to medical conditions or their ... [view]
6 Dada v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
2:20-cv-01093 (E.D. La.)
Filed 04/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Detention Facilities in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-LA-0019
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action brought by immigrant detainees particularly susceptible to a serious COVID-19 infection in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and requesting release due to COVID-19. The case was dismissed on April 6 for lack of jurisdiction.
On April 1, 2020, seventeen ... [view]
7 National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. Executive Office of Immigration Review
1:20-cv-00852 (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Closed 2020
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0072
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Five particularly vulnerable immigration detainees and organizations comprised of immigration attorneys filed this complaint on March 30, 2020, challenging EOIR and ICE's failure to implement a uniform policy suspending in-person immigration court appearances and providing for remote communication alternatives. Their emergency ... [view]
8 Coreas v. Bounds
8:20-cv-00780 (D. Md.)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0016
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by immigration detainees in ICE facilities in Maryland, seeking release from detention. The detainees claimed their underlying medical conditions made them particularly vulnerable to serious illness or death from COVID-19. The court granted preliminary injunctions on April 30 and May 7, ordering the ... [view]
9 Williams v. Witte
4:20-cv-00304 (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 03/05/2020 - Closed 2020
Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AL-0011
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by medically vulnerable detainees in the Etowah County Detention Center, seeking release due to COVID-19 and lack of protection from the virus in the facility. On May 15, the court denied entry of a TRO and a month later, the plaintiffs dismissed the case voluntarily.
The Initial Lawsuit: ... [view]
10 Emami v. Nielsen
3:18-cv-01587-JD (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/13/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0140
Coding Complete
This is one of many legal challenges to the series of Trump's executive orders known as the "Travel Ban" or "Muslim Ban." This suit in particular challenged the waiver system that accompanied the ban, which was instated to supposedly prevent the ban from arbitrarily denying people entry into the country. On March 13, 2018, 26 individuals who ... [view]
11 National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:17-cv-02448 (D.D.C.)
Filed 11/13/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0039
Coding Complete
On November 13, 2017, several organizations (National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), Mijente Support Committee, and Detention Watch Network) brought this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Represented by counsel from NIPNLG itself and Public Citizen Litigation Group, plaintiffs sued U.S ... [view]
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