Friday, September 2, 2022

District Court Enters Nationwide Preliminary Injunction in Class Action for Unaccompanied Minors in ORR Custody

Good news from the West Coast.


Earlier this week, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, National Center for Youth Law, Cooley LLP, and UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic secured a big win when U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Judge Dolly Gee ordered the federal government to provide more robust procedural protections for detained migrant children.

Judge Gee’s preliminary injunction in Lucas R. v. Azaensures that minors held in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody can appeal the denial of their safe and timely release to family members in the United States. They also can appeal the decision to place them in restrictive and locked facilities such as juvenile detention centers, residential treatment programs and “medium secure” facilities.

“The protections provided in the preliminary injunction are long overdue,” Professor and Immigration Law Clinic Co-director Holly Cooper said.  She noted that clinic students, who provide legal assistance under the supervision of attorneys, were crucial to the win.

For the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law press release and Judge Gee's order, click here.


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