Cheryl Little, Co-Founder & Executive Director, to Retire in Spring 2022

For Immediate Release Contact: Arthur Hernandez, Director of Development & Marketing 305-573-1106 ext. 1100 | ahernandez@aijustice.org Miami, FL (January 5, 2021) – Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cheryl Little, will be retiring this spring after some 40 years of tireless dedication to the immigrant community in South Florida and across the United States. The search …

Demands Grow For Investigation Of Anti-Blackness In Florida County Jail

October 25, 2021 Contact: Rebecca Talbot, Immigrant Action Alliance, rebecca@immigrantactionalliance.org, 484-645-3394 Jessica Schneider, Director of AI Justice’s Detention Program, jschneider@aijustice.org A coalition of local and national organizations filed a civil rights complaint today calling for the release of people detained in immigration detention and for an investigation into serious abuses committed against two men detained in the county jail in Glades County, …

Use of Toxic Chemicals Endangering Safety, Reproductive Health of Immigrants in Detention

September 20, 2021 Newly obtained records reveal officials at Florida immigration detention center used industrial-strength chemical at 64 times strength allowed by EPA Contact: Jeff Migliozzi, Freedom for Immigrants, jmigliozzi@freedomforimmigrants.org Devra Gelman, Americans for Immigrant Justice, dgelman@aijustice.org GLADES COUNTY, Fla. – A disturbing investigative report published in Scientific American reveals that officials at a federal immigration detention center in Glades …

Formerly Detained Muslims Receive Damages for the Denial of Their Right to Observe Their Religion by Glades County Detention Center

For Immediate Release August 12, 2021 Contact: Lisa Lehner, Director of Litigation 305-573-1106 ext. 1020 | llehner@aijustice.org GLADES COUNTY, FL— Today, Muslim Advocates, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) and the law firm King & Spalding, announce a settlement with the Glades County Detention Center for its discriminatory and abusive practices at a county-run immigration detention facility that systematically prevented …

Immigrant Right Advocates Submit Complaint on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Abuses at Glades County Detention Center Amidst Reckless COVID-19 Response

For Immediate Release February 22, 2021 Contact: Jessica Schneider, Director of AI Justice’s Detention Program, jschneider@aijustice.org GLADES COUNTY, FL— Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), along with eight other immigrant rights organizations, submitted a multi-individual federal civil rights complaint against the Glades County Detention Center (Glades) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The complaint was submitted on behalf of the approximately 300 …

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Lawsuit of Father and Son Ripped Apart at Border Survives Legal Hurdle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 8, 2021 Contact: Jennifer Coberly, Senior Litigation Attorney, jcoberly@aijustice.org MIAMI, FL – A federal court ruling allows a father and son torn apart at the border due to Trump-era family separation practices to continue their lawsuit for justice. After verbal abuse and threats of violence, law enforcement officers tore Juan,* three years old at the time, from his …

AI Justice Files Lawsuit Seeking Justice for Child Separated from Father at the Border

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 5, 2021 Contact: Lisa Lehner, llehner@aijustice.org ALBEQUERQUE, NM – On February 5, 2021, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), Ian Ross and Erica Perdoma of Stumphauzer, Foslid, Sloman, Ross & Kolaya, PLLC and David Urias and Josh Ewing of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward filed a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) lawsuit seeking justice for …

AI Justice Releases Groundbreaking Report “Do My Rights Matter: The Mistreatment of Unaccompanied Children in CBP Custody”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 30, 2020 Contact: Jennifer Anzardo Valdes, janzardo@aijustice.org MIAMI, FL – During the past decade, tens of thousands of children have made the difficult decision to flee their countries and seek protection here. They are fleeing vicious gang violence, rape and other horrific abuses, many seeing flight as the only way to survive. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is …

AI Justice Files Suit on Behalf of Father and Son Forcibly Separated at the Border

MIAMI, FL – On August 28, 2020 Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) filed one of the first Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) cases seeking justice for a family separated at the border during the U.S. Government’s pilot program for family separation. In November 2017, “Andres” and his three-year old son “Juan” crossed the U.S.-Mexico border fleeing Honduras, following death …

Civil Rights Advocates Demand Miami ICE Facility Stop Feeding Pork to Detained Muslims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2020 Contact: Eric Naing, eric@muslimadvocates.org or Ariela Moscowitz, news@aijustice.com Civil Rights Advocates Demand Miami ICE Facility Stop Feeding Pork to Detained Muslims  ICE Chaplain’s Dismissive Response to Immigration Detainees’ Complaints: “It is what it is.” WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Muslim Advocates, Americans for Immigrant Justice and the law firm King & Spalding LLP sent a …