Father and Daughter Reunited 5 Years after Family Separation

Five years after being separated under Trump’s 2017 Family Separation pilot program, our client “Ana” and her father have finally been reunited in the United States!  Ana was just two years old and non-verbal when she and her father entered the US. After the pair was detained, Ana’s father – her sole living parent – was suddenly separated from the …

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Settlement Mandates Federal Court Oversight of Three Florida ICE Detention Facilities for Remainder of Pandemic

Souther Poverty Law Center “MIAMI – Immigrants held in U.S. custody and their attorneys reached a settlement with the federal government over COVID-19 protocols at three South Florida Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. The agreement presumptively provides for six months’ oversight of ICE’s compliance with reduced population requirements, CDC pandemic guidelines, and ICE’s own Pandemic Response Requirements by a federal …

AI Justice Plays Key Role in Garcia-Ramirez v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

AI Justice played a key role in a recent Federal Court decision against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) treatment of immigrant children. Last week, after two years of litigation and an 18-day trial, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled in favor of plaintiffs in Garcia-Ramirez v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, No. 18-00508, 2020 WL 3604041 (D.C. Cir. …

AI Justice Wins Important Settlement in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case

This federal suit, filed in Miami District Court, sought to compel CBP to produce comprehensive documents regarding detention conditions at all short-term holding stations located in the Rio Grande Valley and resulted in the production of thousands of pages of substantive information over a period of several years. Additionally, AI Justice negotiated compensation for attorney fees and costs. A recent …

AI Justice Wins Landmark Settlement for Asylum Seeker Detained by CBP

In February 2016 AI Justice, along with co-counsel Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A., settled a landmark Federal Tort Claims Act case on behalf of Alba Quiñonez Flores challenging the inhumane conditions of her detention in multiple holding stations operated by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the southern Texas border. The holding cells are called hieleras (ice-boxes) because …

Successful in Ending Use of S-Comm in Miami-Dade County

AI Justice and fellow advocates mounted a successful 2013 campaign to end the use of the Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Secure Communities program in Miami-Dade County. In October 2013, Miami-Dade became the first county in Florida to end its participation in the S-Comm program by refusing to allocate funding for the program. The Secure Communities program has been the subject …

Instrumental in Creation of DACA

AI Justice was instrumental in the Obama Administration’s adoption in June 2012 of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to work and reside, at least temporarily, without fear of deportation. In April, Cheryl Little published an Op-Ed in The Miami Herald, Rubio proposal offers way toward Dream Act, arguing that …

Leader in Fight for the DREAM Act

Leader in fight for passage of DREAM Act. Represented the Trail of Dreams students who marched 1,500 miles to Washington, D.C. in 2010.

Successful in Protecting Haitian Asylum Seekers

Partnered with Harvard University Law School to file a successful legal action before the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect asylum applicants who flee by boat.

Provided Testimony to Government Bodies

Testified on immigration issues before numerous national and international bodies, including the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration; the House Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights; The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission; The Organization of American States; and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.