Women at Florida Immigration Detention Center File Federal Complaint Over Sexual and Medical Abuse, Toxic Chemical Spray, and Racist Treatment

“Seven immigrant women held at a remote immigration detention center in Florida filed a complaint with federal officials, shedding light on an appalling pattern of abuses including sexual abuse by guards and a psychiatrist amounting to violations of the Prison Rape Elimination Acts (PREA), exposure to a highly toxic chemical spray, life-threatening medical neglect, violations of COVID-19 safety protocols, and …

Americans for Immigrant Justice

Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) is an award-winning non-profit law firm that fights for justice for immigrants through a combination of direct representation, impact litigation, advocacy and outreach.

In Florida and on a national level, we champion the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocate for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serve as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; fight to keep families informed, empowered and together; and pursue redress on behalf of immigrant groups with particular and compelling claims to justice.

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Americans for Immigrant Justice’s Impact

Since our founding in 1996, AI Justice has served more than 140,000 individuals from 160 countries. AI Justice helped shaped and advance policies that protect our borders while safeguarding the basic civil and constitutional rights of Americans.

Our core impact zones include: Championing the Rights of Children; Advocating for Survivors of Trafficking, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault; Observing and Challenging Detention Policies and Practices; Fighting for Families and Long-Time Residents; and Assisting Immigrant Groups with Compelling Claims to Justice

Thank You to All of Americans for Immigrant Justice’s Funders & Sponsors

Our sponsors provide invaluable support to AI Justice. With the help of their generous contributions, we can ensure that thousands of immigrants each year are able to access our critically important legal services.

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Volunteer with Americans for Immigrant Justice

Volunteers are integral in ensuring AI Justice’s high quality services are delivered to everyone who needs them. Volunteers can assist AI Justice with the vulnerable populations we serve including unaccompanied minors, detained asylum seekers, and families at risk of separation.

Ongoing volunteer opportunities include participating in screening clinics either in a legal capacity or as a general volunteer or interpreter, and representing clients on a pro bono basis through our Julie C. Ferguson Pro Bono Program. The support of pro bono attorneys allows us to increase representation to those who need it most. Pro bono attorneys are provided with significant support including trainings, templates, and individualized mentorship.

Americans for Immigrant Justice is Here to Help

There is no right to free legal representation in immigration proceedings. Without AI Justice, which never charges for its services, countless adults and children without the means to hire an attorney would be forced to navigate our complex immigration system alone, essentially denying them the opportunity for justice.

Family Defense Program

Family Defense Program

The Family Defense Program (FDP) informs and empowers mixed-status families and long-time residents whose futures are uncertain due to the erosion of protections for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and immigrants in general. With its signature combination of community outreach and direct representation, FDP staff fight to keep Florida families safe and together.

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Children’s Legal Program

AI Justice’s Children’s Legal Program provides free legal services to immigrant children, many of whom have suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Whether these children have been mistreated in their country of origin, during the arduous journey to the United States, or upon arriving in this country, AI Justice staff are committed to helping them navigate the complex pathway to safety and justice.

AI Justice's Litigation Program

Judge Rosemary Barkett Litigation Program

Whether challenging the unlawful detention of immigrants or inhumane conditions in ICE detention facilities, suing our government for wrongfully depriving immigrants of citizenship, or compelling our government to disclose key information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, AI Justice’s litigation team is determined to work to uphold the fundamental rights of immigrants despite the challenges.

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Domestic Violence &
Human Trafficking (Lucha) Program

AI Justice’s Lucha team represents immigrant survivors of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Whether the abuse is taking place at home or at work, Lucha staff work swiftly and compassionately to help survivors and their children gain freedom from violence and mistreatment. Through free legal assistance, staff help survivors obtain immigration relief, a critical first step on the journey to building safe, independent, and financially stable lives.

AI Justice's Detention Program

Detention Program

AI Justice’s Detention Program regularly visits detention facilities to observe conditions, give Know Your Rights presentations, provide free legal advice, and represent clients before the immigration court and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Between the remote location of many detention facilities, and the severe restrictions within, being detained is a very isolating experience. These factors make meeting with an attorney nearly impossible, with only 14% of detained immigrants reporting that they have access to an attorney.

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