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ACLU of Northern California
From its website: The ACLU of Northern California is an enduring guardian of justice, fairness, equality, and freedom, working to protect and advance civil liberties for all Californians.
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1 Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen
3:19-cv-00807 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 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]
2 Sierra Club v. Trump
3:19-cv-00892 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Homeland Security
Presidential Authority
PR-CA-0004
Coding Complete
In 2018, President Trump repeatedly requested Congress appropriate 5.7 billion dollars for the construction of a southern border wall. On February 14th, 2019, Congress denied this request and appropriated only 1.375 billion dollars for the construction of a strip of border fencing. While President Trump signed this appropriations bill the ... [view]
3 East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr
4:19-cv-04073 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 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]
4 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. Transportation Security Administration
3:18-cv-01539-LB (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Transportation Security Administration
National Security
NS-CA-0028
Coding Complete
On March 12, 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California. The plaintiffs sued the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) 5 U.S.C. § 552. The ACLU-NC claimed that they submitted ... [view]
5 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-03050-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Policing
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0119
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On May 23, 2018 the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed this lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ACLU brought suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. ACLU-NC requested records ... [view]
6 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:18-cv-04105-LB (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0127
Coding Complete
In December 2017, the ACLU of Northern California submitted a request to the the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seeking documents related to the agency's use of a private contractor known as G4S Secure Solutions to restrain, process, and transport immigration detainees. G4S had reportedly been involved in ... [view]
7 Aleman Gonzalez v. Sessions
3:18-cv-01869-JSC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0120
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On May 27, 2018, immigrant detainees who had been held for more than six months without a bond hearing while adjudication of their removal decisions was in process, petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for a writ of habeas corpus; they also sought declaratory and injunctive relief. Represented by Centro Legal ... [view]
8 Sigma-Beta-XI v. Riverside
5:18-cv-01399 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 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]
9 Ramos v. Nielsen
3:18-cv-01554-EMC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0134
Coding Complete
On March 12, 2018, U.S. citizen children, their non-citizen parents, and other non-citizen adults filed this class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The plaintiffs challenged DHS’ new rule for determining whether or not to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for immigrants from countries facing ... [view]
10 East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump
4:18-cv-06810 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0137
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2018, several nonprofit organizations filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, challenging the federal government's latest asylum policy prohibiting people who enter the U.S. along the southern border somewhere other than a designated port of entry from obtaining asylum. Specifically, ... [view]
11 Al-Mowafak v. Trump
3:17-cv-00557 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CA-0088
Coding Complete
This class action was filed on Feb. 2, 2017 in response to President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Northern California and private counsel, also challenged the Department of State's Jan. 27 ... [view]
12 County of Santa Clara v. Trump
3:17-cv-00574 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CA-0089
Coding Complete
The County of Santa Clara commenced this lawsuit on February 3, 2017 to challenge President Trump's January 25, 2017 Executive Order (EO), Executive Order 13768. The EO denied federal funding to sanctuary jurisdictions that resist enforcing the federal government’s ... [view]
13 P.K. v. Tillerson
1:17-cv-01533-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of State
United States Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0031
Coding Complete
On August 3, 2017 the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the ACLU, and the National Immigration Law Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit challenged the State Department's practice of denying immigrant visas to diversity lottery winners from countries affected by President ... [view]
14 Garza v. Hargan
1:17-cv-02122-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0034
Coding Complete
On Oct. 13, 2017, a 17-year-old pregnant unaccompanied immigrant minor in immigration custody filed this suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its components Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Represented by the ACLU's national, DC, and Northern and Southern ... [view]
15 Saravia v. Sessions
3:17-cv-03615-VC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0109
Coding Complete
This case, filed on June 22, 2017, was brought by a parent on behalf of her minor child for wrongful incarceration by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The complaint alleged that the minor, A.H., was released into the plaintiff's custody but that a few years later, ICE arrested and detained him without cause. Represented by the ACLU ... [view]
16 American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:17-cv-01970 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Security
NS-CA-0024
Coding Complete
On Apr. 10, 2017, the ACLUs of Hawai'i, Northern California, and Utah filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented President Trump's Jan. 27 and Mar. 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of ... [view]
17 ACLU of Northern California v. Burwell [later Hargan, Azar]
3:16-cv-03539 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/24/2016 - Closed 2018
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Accomm./Contracting
IM-CA-0080
Coding Complete
On June 24, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The ACLU sued the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), alleging a violation of its First Amendment rights. Specifically, the ACLU argued that HHS violated the ... [view]
18 Sims v. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0020
Coding Complete
On November 15, 2016, two condemned inmates and the ACLU of Northern California sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The plaintiffs, represented by ACLU lawyers and private counsel, brought this case under California Code Civil Procedure § 527A for a writ of mandate along with declaratory and injunctive relief ... [view]
19 Phillips v. State of California
15 CE CG 02201 (State Court)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
State of California
Indigent Defense
PD-CA-0001
Coding Complete
On July 14, 2015, three residents of Fresno County, one of whom was a former indigent defendant, filed this lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court. The plaintiffs sued the state of California and Fresno County under 42 §U.S.C 1983 and the California Penal Code 987, 1382, 859B. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Northern California asked ... [view]
20 Stiavetti v. Ahlin
RG15779731 (State Court)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
State of California
Department of State Hospitals and Department of Developmental Services
Mental Health (Facility)
Criminal Justice (Other)
MH-CA-0006
Coding Complete
On July 29, 2015, the ACLUs of Northern and Southern California, along with family members of criminal defendants who were declared incompetent to stand trial, filed this lawsuit in California state court. The plaintiffs sued the State of California under Article I, §§ 7 and 15 of the California Constitution, the Due Process Clause of the ... [view]
21 Gill v. Department of Justice
3:14-cv-03120 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Justice
Speech and Religious Freedom
National Security
NS-CA-0012
Coding Complete
On July 10, 2014, five U.S. citizens who had their information entered into counterterrorism databases and were subjected to law enforcement scrutiny and interrogation, filed this lawsuit against the Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment ("PM-ISE"). Plaintiffs challenged the legality of a ... [view]
22 Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson
4:14-cv-01775 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0077
Washington
Coding Complete
On April 17, 2014, a group of immigrants awaiting "reasonable fear" determinations (part of the process of seeking relief from deportation for people who fear persecution in their home country) filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California under the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA") ... [view]
23 Harman v. Ahern
No. 3:14-cv-03051-MEJ-KAW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2016
Alameda County Sheriff's Department
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0124
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On June 2, 2014, several women who claimed they were unjustifiably forced to take pregnancy tests after they were arrested filled this lawsuit in Superior Court in Alameda County. The plaintiffs sued the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department under 42 U.S.C § 1983 and state law. The plaintiffs, represented by both private counsel and the ACLU, ... [view]
24 First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency
4:13-cv-03287 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2013 - Case Ongoing
National Security Agency
Speech and Religious Freedom
National Security
NS-CA-0003
Washington
Coding Complete
On September 10, 2013, organizations, associations, and advocacy groups, their staffs, and their members who subscribed to major American telecommunication companies filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the National Security Agency ("NSA"), the Department of Justice, and the United States of ... [view]
25 Lyon v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:13-cv-05878-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2013 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0075
Coding Complete
On December 19, 2013, four immigration detainees of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under 28 U.S.C. § 2201 against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security. The plaintiffs, represented by private and ACLU attorneys, asked the ... [view]
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