AI Justice Litigation Program Awarded Florida Bar Foundation’s Goldstein-Van Nortwick Award for Excellence Second Runner-Up

We’re honored to be awarded by The Florida Bar Foundation for our work in the Gayle litigation, resulting in improved conditions for immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tara Price (left) of Shutts & Bowen LLP presented the award to Americans for Immigrant Justice senior litigation attorney Jennifer Coberly (right). The Gayle major class action litigation was brought …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Inside Ice’s pattern of medical neglect as immigrants flown on its planes – The Guardian

By Angelica Albaladejo, The Guardian “The first time Immigration and Customs Enforcement flew Marta across the country, she feared catching the coronavirus. After five months of being shuttled among various facilities, she was worried about infecting others. In February, when her cross-country journeys started, ICE knew Marta’s lupus and asthma could increase her risk of contracting the virus and experiencing severe …

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 …

Pork or Rotten Food: Muslim Detainees at Krome Say They’re Forced to Choose – Miami New Times

By Alexi C. Cardona, Miami New Times “Lily Hartmann, a human-rights advocate for Americans for Immigrant Justice, says the detainees asked officials for other food and tried to address the issues on their own before turning to advocates. The letter says detainees’ complaints to detention staff have gone ignored and that a chaplain dismissed them by saying, ‘It is what …