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Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law
The Center is a non-profit, public interest legal foundation dedicated to furthering and protecting the civil, constitutional, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, prisoners, and the poor. Since its incorporation in 1980, the Center has provided a wide range of legal services to vulnerable low-income victims of human and civil rights violations and technical support and training to hundreds of legal aid attorneys and paralegals in the areas of immigration law, constitutional law, and complex and class action litigation. The Center has achieved major victories in numerous major cases in the courts of the United States and before international bodies that have directly benefited hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged persons.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 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]
2 Aranas v. Napolitano
8:12-cv-01137 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/12/2012 - Closed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0062
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2012, an American woman and a Filipina, residents of California and married under California law, and their son, the biological child of the Filipina spouse, filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component, U.S ... [view]
3 Lui v. Holder
2:11-cv-01267 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2013
U.S.
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0066
Coding Complete
This is a case about the immigration consequences of a same-sex marriage between a U.S. citizen and an alien -- here, a citizen of Indonesia. The Indonesian citizen, apparently facing removal proceedings, was the subject of a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision against him. There seem not to be any publicly available documents that ... [view]
4 League of United Latin American Citizens v. Arizona
2:10-cv-01453-SRB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 07/09/2010 - Closed 2015
Governor of Arizona
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0017
Coding Complete
On July 9, 2010, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and individual tax-payers and residents of Arizona filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, District of Phoenix. The plaintiffs sued the state of Arizona and its governor under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 8 U.S.C. § 1101. The plaintiffs, represented by ... [view]
5 Catholic Charities v. Chertoff
4:07-cv-01307-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/06/2007 - Closed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0017
Coding Complete
On March 6, 2007, a coalition of social justice and immigrant rights groups, led by Catholic Charities CYO, filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief compelling the federal government to implement the "U" visa program. The U visa program was part of ... [view]
6 United Food and Commercial Workers International Union v. Chertoff
2:07-cv-00188 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2011
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0023
Coding Complete
This lawsuit is one of several cases arising from immigration raids conducted by federal authorities at Swift meat packing plants across the country. (See Valenzuela v. Swift Beef Company, Inc., No. 3:06-cv-02322-N (N.D. Tex.) [IM-TX-0019], and Swift & Company v. ICE, No. 2:06-cv-00314 (N.D. Tex.) [IM-TX-0020]). In this case, which was filed on ... [view]
7 We Are America/Somos America Coalition of Arizona v. Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
2:06-cv-02816-RCB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 11/21/2006 - Closed 2014
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0005
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
On November 21, 2006, a coalition of immigration rights groups, Arizona state representatives, Arizona taxpayers, and a group of immigrant criminal defendants filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for Arizona, challenging enforcement of the “Maricopa Migrant Conspiracy Policy” by the Maricopa County ... [view]
8 Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez [later Holder, Sessions]
2:05-cv-03604-DDP-RZ (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/13/2005 - Closed
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0051
Coding Complete
On May 13, 2005, attorneys for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice instituted a nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, on behalf of immigrant youth who were formerly dependents of state courts because they had been abused, abandoned, or ... [view]
9 Immigrant Assistance Project of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) v. INS
2:88-cv-00379-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 03/24/1988 - Closed 2008
Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0009
Coding Complete
On March 24, 1988, individual nonimmigrant aliens and various immigration rights organizations filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, challenging certain INS policies and regulations relating to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Specifically, plaintiffs challenged the interpretation of ... [view]
10 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee v. Ashcroft
2:87-CV-02107 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/03/1987 - Closed 1999
United States Attorney General
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0022
Coding Complete
On April 3, 1987, eight resident aliens filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that the federal government targeted them for deportation because of their affiliation with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a group that the government deemed to be an ... [view]
11 LULAC v. INS
2:87-cv-04757-WDK-CW (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 1987 - Closed 2007
Immigration and Naturalization Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0019
Coding Complete
This case, Newman v. INS (originally LULAC v. INS) was a companion case to Catholic Social Services v. Reno (IM-CA-11 of this collection). Both cases were filed by attorneys for the Center For Human Rights & Constitutional Law and challenged the INS' interpretation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 ("IRCA"), which established a ... [view]
12 Catholic Social Services v. Ashcroft
2:86-cv-01343-LKK-JFM (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1986 - Closed 2007
Attorney General of the United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0011
Coding Complete
On Nov. 12, 1986, Catholic Social Services filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, challenging the Immigration and Naturalization Service's ("INS") interpretation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 ("IRCA"). This case was one of three "late amnesty cases" filed in the ... [view]
13 Flores v. Reno [later Meese, Johnson, Kelly, Sessions]
2:85-cv-04544 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/11/1985 - Case Ongoing
Behavioral Systems Southwest
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-CA-0002
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a very longstanding class action addressing appropriate treatment of noncitizen children in federal immigration custody. On March 26, 2020, plaintiffs filed an emergency motion seeking promptly release due to COVID-19 risks. On March 27, 2020, the court issued an order to the federal agencies detaining immigrant children ... [view]
14 Nicacio v. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
C-82-1018 RJM (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 1982 - Closed 1987
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0011
Coding Complete
In 1984, a class of Hispanic persons brought suit against the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, alleging that its Border Patrol agents engaged in a pattern of unlawful stops to detain and interrogate persons of Hispanic appearance traveling on Washington state ... [view]
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