Fraihat v. ICE and DHS

A nationwide class action lawsuit was filed August 19th, 2019 against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and others acting in their official capacities.  The lawsuit challenges the federal government’s failure to ensure detained immigrants receive appropriate medical and mental health care, its punitive use of segregation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and its failure to ensure that detained immigrants with disabilities are provided accommodations and do not face discrimination as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The lawsuit was filed by the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the U.S District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of 15 individuals detained at eight different facilities in six states, representing a class of approximately 55,000 immigrants imprisoned by ICE on any given day, and two nonprofit organizations, Al Otro Lado and the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ).

Relevant Documents:

Medical Expert Declarations in Support of Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction regarding COVID-19*:

*If you plan to submit these in a court filing, please note for the court that they have already been submitted in another matter.

Expert Declarations in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion to Enforce the April 20, 2020 Preliminary Injunction*:

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Other Declarations:

Expert Declarations in Support of Plaintiffs’ Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Enforce*:

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