Featured Cases:

NDLON’s legal department engages in strategic litigation and provides representation in individual removal cases to support NDLON’s ongoing campaigns, build organizing power, and defend immigrants’ rights.

Federal Court Litigation

Ramos v. Nielson, Case No. 3:18-cv-1554 (N.D. Cal) (filed March 12, 2018).

Ramos challenges the unlawful termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 people living in the U.S. and seeks to protect tens of thousands of U.S. citizen children whose parents would be forced to leave under the Trump Administration’s new, arbitrary, and racially discriminatory TPS policy. The litigation is part of NDLON’s ongoing campaign to build the power of TPS holders and defend TPS. Read the complaint here.

Co-counsel: ACLU of Southern California, Sidley Austin, LLP

Gonzalez v. ICE, Case No. CV 13-02216 (C.D. Cal) (filed June 19, 2013) and Roy v. Baca, Case No. cv 12-09012 (C.D. Cal.) (filed October 19, 2012)

Gonzalez and Roy challenge unlawful immigration detainer practices by ICE and the Los Angeles County Sheriff. On February 7, 2018, the Court granted in part Plaintiffs’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, finding that ICE and LASD unlawfully detained thousands of individuals on immigration detainers. The remaining claims in the case are set for trial in December 2018. The litigation is part of NDLON’s ongoing campaign to end police-ICE collaboration. Read the Court’s decision here.

Co-counsel: ACLU of Southern California, National Immigrant Justice Center, Kaye McLane Bednarski & Litt, LLP

Puente v. Arpaio, Case No. 2:14-cv-01356 (D. Ariz.) (filed June 18, 2014)

Puente challenged former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s worksite raids, which turned immigrants into felons for working to provide for their families. The litigation was one part of a multi-pronged campaign to end the raids. On November 22, 2016, the Court held that key aspects of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Attorney’s Office practices were preempted by federal law. On October 25, 2017, the Court awarded Plaintiffs over one million dollars in attorneys fees.

Co-counsel: UC Irvine Immigrants Rights Clinic, ACLU of Arizona, Quarles and Brady, LLP, Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP, Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado, PLC

Deportation Defense

Benito Jacinto

Benito Jacinto has lived in the United States since 1990 and is the father of two United States citizen children. In May of 2017 the San Bernardino Sheriff turned him over to ICE following an arrest for driving without a license. NDLON’s Legal Department secured his release on bond and is representing him in ongoing removal proceedings. His case is part of our ongoing campaign against police-ICE collaboration. Read more about it here.

Marcelina Rios

Marcelina Rios is a street vendor and the mother of five US citizen children, including a toddler and a daughter with special needs. In October 2017, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department transferred her to ICE after she was arrested for selling elotes without a license—a crime in San Bernardino County. She has now been held in immigration detention—away from her children—for more than four months. NDLON’s legal department is representing her in removal proceedings. Her case is part of our ongoing campaign against criminalization and police-ICE collaboration. Read more about it here.

Co-counsel: Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin

Romulo Avelica

Romulo Avelica, a father and long-time Los Angeles resident, was arrested by ICE after agents trailed him to his daughter’s school. He was released from immigration detention following a massive public campaign that secured support from, among others, the Los Angeles City Council, the Board of Supervisors, and California Governor Brown. His case is part of our ongoing effort to make our schools and other essential public spaces into ICE-free zones. He continues to face the possibility of removal. Read more about his case here.

Co-counsel: Diamante Law Group

Xochitl Hernandez

Xochitl Hernandez is a mother of five and grandmother of five who has lived in the United States for decades. The LAPD turned her over to ICE following an LAPD operation in East Los Angeles in February 2017. She was not a target of the operation and was not involved in any criminal activity, but was merely visiting a neighbor of the house targeted by LAPD. LAPD then falsely asserted—based on no evidence—that she was a gang member, leading an immigration judge to set her bond at $60,000. Through a combination of legal representation and public advocacy, NDLON secure her release on a lowered bond of $5,000 and obtained provisional U Visa certification. Her case is part of our ongoing campaign against joint police-ICE task forces and indiscriminate “gang member” allegations by law enforcement. The outcry and organizing in response to her arrest forced LAPD to change its policy on collaborating with ICE. Read more about her case here.

Co-counsel: Public Counsel

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