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National Center for Youth Law
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) uses the law to improve the lives of low-income children. NCYL works to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives. Much of NCYL's work is focused on poor children who are additionally challenged by abuse and neglect, disability, or other disadvantage.
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1 Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) v. DeVos
1:20-cv-02310-GLR (D. Md.)
Filed 08/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
Betsy Devos
Department of Education
Education
ED-MD-0005
District of Columbia
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 Black Parallel School Board v. Sacramento City Unified School District
2:19-at-00821 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/05/2019 - Case Ongoing
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-CA-0035
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
On September 5, 2019, the Black Parallel School Board and three students in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) filed a class action in United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued SCUSD and a selection of its officers under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II ... [view]
3 J.N. v. Oregon Board of Education
6:19-cv-00096-AA (D. Or.)
Filed 01/22/2019 - Case Ongoing
Oregon Department of Education
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-OR-0002
Coding Complete
This case is about discrimination that students with disabilities face in the Oregon Public School system. On January 22, 2019, plaintiffs brought a class-action suit against the Oregon Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation ... [view]
4 M.B. v. Colyer
2:18-cv-02617 (D. Kan.)
Filed 11/16/2018 - Case Ongoing
Kansas Governor
Child Welfare
CW-KS-0002
Coding Complete
In 2018, children in the Kansas foster care system filed a class-action suit against the Governor of Kansas, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The named plaintiffs allegedly experienced great hardship while involved in ... [view]
5 M.J. v. District of Columbia
1:18-cv-01901-EGS (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/14/2018 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
DR-DC-0007
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2018, two children with mental health disabilities in the District of Columbia and University Legal Services, Inc. filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves and a class of children with mental health disabilities, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the District of Columbia under: ... [view]
6 Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) v. DeVos
1:18-cv-01636 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/12/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Education
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-DC-0008
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2018, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. COPAA sued the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Represented by the National Center for Youth Law and ... [view]
7 Sigma-Beta-XI v. Riverside
5:18-cv-01399 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/01/2018 - Case Ongoing
Riverside County
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0021
Riverside County
Coding Complete
On July 1 2018, Sigma Beta Xi (a non-profit organization) and three children filed this class action in the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU, National Center for Youth Law, and private counsel, sued the County of Riverside under state law and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations under the First, Fourth, and ... [view]
8 L.R. (Lucas R.) v. Azar
2:18-cv-05741 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/29/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0124
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a pre-existing class action about non-citizen kids in HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody. Plaintiffs are seeking emergency releases of nearly all such children, in light of the grave risk of infection in congregate settings. The court denied the plaintiffs' application for TRO on April 2.
This class ... [view]
9 SurvJustice Inc. v. Devos
3:18-cv-00535 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Department of Education
Education
ED-CA-0027
Coding Complete
On January 25, 2018, SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and Victim Rights Law Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. These three nonprofit organizations sued the U.S. Department of Education under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), ... [view]
10 Alicia B. v. Malloy
3:16-cv-00065 (D. Conn.)
Filed 12/15/2015 - Case Ongoing
Hartford Board of Education
Education
ED-CT-0005
Hartford County
Coding Complete
On December 15, 2015, two African-American students in Connecticut public schools filed this lawsuit in Connecticut Superior Court. On January 14, 2016, the case was removed to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs sued the Bloomfield Board of Education, the Manchester Board of Education, the Hartford ... [view]
11 Henry A. v. Willden
2:10-cv-00528 (D. Nev.)
Filed 04/13/2010 - Closed 2015
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Child Welfare
CW-NV-0001
Coding Complete
On April 13, 2010, a group of children in foster care in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The plaintiffs sued the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Clark County, and lark County Department of Family Services ... [view]
12 Brazwell v. Wagner
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 03/23/2010 - Closed
California Department of Social Services
California Department of Social Services
Child Welfare
CW-CA-0006
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On March 23, 2010, the National Center for Youth Law, the Alliance for Children's Rights, and private counsel filed this state court lawsuit representing children who receive benefits through California's Kin-GAP program, which provides cash assistance and Medi-Cal to foster children living with relatives as their legal guardians. The program was ... [view]
13 T.R. v. Dreyfus
2:09-cv-01677-TSZ (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 11/24/2009 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WA-0007
Coding Complete
On November 24, 2009, Medicaid-eligible children with psychiatric and behavioral disorders living in Washington filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Represented by Disability Rights Washington, the National Health Law Program, the National Center for Youth Law, and private counsel, the ... [view]
14 In re Hutto Family Detention Center
1:07-cv-00164-SS (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 03/06/2007 - Closed 2009
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0005
Coding Complete
On March 6, 2007, attorneys with the national ACLU Foundation, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, the ACLU National Prison project, the ACLU of Texas, the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic and private cooperating counsel filed ten separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas challenge the ... [view]
15 Clark K. v. Guinn
No. 06-1068 (D. Nev.)
Filed 08/30/2006 - Closed 2009
State of Nevada
Child Welfare
CW-NV-0002
Carson City
Coding Complete
On August 30, 2006, a group of ten children in the Nevada foster system, seeking class action certification for all children in or at risk of entering the Clark County, NV foster system, filed this class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The plaintiffs filed under 42 U.S.C. 1983, the Adoption Assistance and Child ... [view]
16 Katie A. v. Bonta
2:02-cv-5662 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/18/2002 - Closed 2019
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Dept of Children and Family Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-CA-0005
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California on July 18, 2002, by the class of children and young adults who (a) are in the custody of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; (b) have a behavioral, emotional, or psychiatric impairment; and (c) need individualized mental health services. The suit is against ... [view]
17 Braam v. State of Washington
98-2-01570-1 (Whatcom) (State Court)
Filed 12/24/1998 - Case Ongoing
Washington State
Department of Social and Health Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
CW-WA-0001
Whatcom County
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs, thirteen current and former foster children, brought suit against the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in the Washington state Whatcom County Superior Court in August 1998. The plaintiffs brought claims under the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, 42 U.S. C. §§ 671 et seq, the Due Process Clause of ... [view]
18 Horton v. Williams
3:94-cv-05428-RJB (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 08/11/1994 - Closed 2001
Green Hill School (GHS).
Juvenile Institution
JI-WA-0002
Chehalis
Coding Complete
On August 11, 1994, juvenile plaintiffs filed a § 1983 civil rights class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (Tacoma), challenging conditions of confinement at the Green Hill School (GHS). Plaintiffs were represented by attorneys for the National Center for Youth Law Columbia Legal Services and sought ... [view]
19 David C. v. Leavitt
2:93-cv-00206 (D. Utah)
Filed 02/02/1993 - Closed 2008
State of Utah
Child Welfare
CW-UT-0001
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed by the National Center of Youth Law on February 2, 1993, against the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS), in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The class action complaint named as the plaintiff class all children in the custody of DHS, whether in a shelter care facility, foster family home, group home, or ... [view]
20 Angela R. v. Clinton
91-415 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 07/08/1991 - Closed 2001
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Child Welfare
CW-AR-0001
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs, represented by the National Center for Youth Law, Central Arkansas Legal Services, and Ozark Legal Serices, brought this class action suit in 1991, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, against the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). Plaintiffs complained that DHS child welfare programs failed to ... [view]
21 J.K. v. Eden
4:91-cv-00261-AWT (D. Ariz.)
Filed 05/08/1991 - Closed 2014
Arizona
Department of Health Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-AZ-0001
Coding Complete
Representing the class of persons under age twenty-one who were eligible for behavioral health services through Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) mandate, 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., the Bazelon Center, Arizona Center for Disability Law, and National Center for Youth Law brought suit in 1991 in the U.S ... [view]
22 Robyn A. v. McCoy
3:90-cv-01151-FR (D. Or.)
Filed 11/09/1990 - Closed 1994
Multnomah County
Juvenile Institution
JI-OR-0004
Coding Complete
On November 9, 1990, two thirteen-year-old boys and a fifteen-year-old girl confined at the Donald E. Long Home (DELH) in Multnomah County, Oregon filed a class action lawsuit against the chairperson and members of the Board of County Commissioners for Multnomah County. The plaintiffs brought suit by and through Susan F. Mandiberg, professor of ... [view]
23 A.J. v. Myers
89-1077-CV-W-1 (W.D. Mo.)
Filed 11/15/1989 - Closed
Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center
Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center
Juvenile Institution
JI-MO-0001
Jackson County
Coding Complete
On November 15, 1989, a juvenile detainee at the Jackson County, Missouri, Juvenile Justice Center filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1988 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri against various administrators and an officer of the juvenile detention center. The class consisted of the named juvenile ... [view]
24 Sheila A. v. Finney
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 1989 - Closed
Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services of Kansas
Child Welfare
CW-KS-0001
Coding Complete
In January 1989, a local attorney seeking additional foster care beds for Shawnee County children field this lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court. The Children's Rights Project of the ACLU filed an amended petition on February 1990 and made the suit a class action, which contended that the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services of ... [view]
25 M.M.B. v. Bonneville County
86-4244 (D. Idaho)
Filed 12/09/1986 - Closed 1986
Bonneville County
Bonneville County Jail
Juvenile Institution
JI-ID-0003
Bonneville County
Coding Complete
On December 9, 1986, a class action lawsuit was filed against Bonneville County, Idaho, in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho on behalf of all past, present, and future juveniles jailed at the Bonneville County Jail in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The plaintiffs, who were represented by the National Center for Youth Law and the ... [view]
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