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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 Thompson v. Tsoukaris
1:20-cv-01449 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Closed 2020
Interim Field Office Director for ICE Atlanta Field Office
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0014
Atlanta
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 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]
3 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 Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and 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 ... [view]
4 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]
5 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]
6 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 May 30, 2019, ... [view]
7 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]
8 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]
9 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]
10 Cook v. Taylor
2:18-cv-00977 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 11/19/2018 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0019
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
On November 19, 2018, individuals whose driver’s licenses was suspended because of failure to pay traffic ticket filed this putative class action against the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in the U.S. District Court for the Alabama Middle District. Plaintiffs, represented by the attorneys of Southern Poverty Law Center sought declaratory ... [view]
11 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]
12 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]
13 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]
14 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]
15 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 In Process
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]
16 Ayo v. Dunn
3:17-cv-00526-SDD-EWD (M.D. La.)
Filed 08/07/2017 - Case Ongoing
Rehabilitation Home Incarceration
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0009
Coding Complete
On August 7, 2017, two residents of East Baton Rouge Parish filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs sued East Baton Rouge Parish and Rehabilitation Home Incarceration (RHI) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 18 U.S.C. § 1964(c), the Federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt ... [view]
17 Edwards v. Cofield
3:17-cv-00321 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
Randolph County, Alabama
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0016
Randolph County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2017, a 29-year old pregnant army veteran filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiff sued the Sheriff, Court Clerk, Court Magistrate, and District Court Judge of Randolph County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201. The plaintiff, represented by Equal ... [view]
18 Brown v. Madison County
3:17-cv-00347-WHB-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 05/08/2017 - Case Ongoing
Madison County
Policing
PN-MS-0001
Coding Complete
On May 8, 2017, ten residents of Madison County filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiffs sued Madison County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, filing both class action-based and individual-based claims. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, sought ... [view]
19 Universal Muslim Association of America v. Trump
1:17-cv-00537 (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/24/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0027
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
20 International Refugee Assistance Project ("IRAP") v. Trump
8:17-cv-00361-TDC (D. Md.)
Filed 02/07/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-MD-0004
Coding Complete
On February 7, 2017, several individual U.S. immigrants, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and HIAS, a refugee resettlement and advocacy organization, filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Represented by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center, the plaintiffs ... [view]
21 Allen v. Edwards
No. 655079 (State Court)
Filed 02/06/2017 - Case Ongoing
Governor John Bel Edwards
Indigent Defense
PD-LA-0005
Coding Complete
On February 6, 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and several private firms filed this class action in the 19th Judicial District Court of East Baton Rouge Parish. The suit had thirteen named plaintiffs and the class was comprised of all indigent adults in Louisiana charged with non-capital ... [view]
22 Aziz v. Trump
1:17-cv-116 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 01/28/2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-VA-0004
Coding Complete
On January 28, 2017, lawful permanent residents of the United States, represented by the Legal Aid Justice Center and Mayer Brown, filed this case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. They brought the action as a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, and they ... [view]
23 States of Washington & Minnesota v. Trump
2:17-cv-00141 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2018
United States
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-WA-0029
Coding Complete
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed this federal lawsuit on January 30, 2017 against President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) barring legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. and barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. The State filed a complaint and an emergency motion for a ... [view]
24 State of Hawaii v. Trump
1:17-cv-00050 (D. Haw.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-HI-0004
Coding Complete
The below summary is a condensed version. The full summary can be found here on the Clearinghouse website. Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin filed this lawsuit on Feb. 3, 2017 against President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) barring legal ... [view]
25 Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of State
1:17-cv-02080-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 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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