Mission Statement

CREEC believes that immigration detention – in which people alleged to have violated civil statutes are confined in prison-like settings – is inherently constitutionally suspect and inappropriate for the vast majority of non-citizens awaiting resolution of their immigration status. However, while detention is sanctioned by the courts and Congress, CREEC’s Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) will fight to ensure that people held in ICE custody are held in constitutionally adequate conditions, receive constitutionally adequate care, and are not discriminated against on the basis of disability. We will undertake this work at the individual, facility-specific, and system-wide level, in the form of direct representation, class action litigation, and serving as resources and educators for the disability rights and immigration communities.

About IDAP

IDAP focuses on three major areas:

  • Impact litigation challenging the conditions of confinement in immigration detention centers;
  • Impact litigation challenging discrimination against detained immigrants with disabilities; and
  • Education and outreach on detention conditions and treatment of immigrants with disabilities.

IDAP also provides pro bono direct representation of detained immigrants in support of these goals.

Recent IDAP accomplishments include:

About the IDAP Director

Liz Jordan joined CREEC as our first CREEC Fellow in June, 2017, proposing a project to challenge conditions in immigration detention facilities.

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Liz graduated summa cum laude from NYU School of Law in 2013. After law school, she worked first as a Fellow with the Capital Appeals Project in Louisiana, where she represented capital defendants on appeal. She then represented immigrant children facing deportation in New York with The Door’s Legal Services Center. Prior to law school, Liz spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain studying human rights issues and several years as an international human rights advocate in New York. She received her B.A. from Yale College in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Louisiana and New York.

Cases

Resources

Rights of Detained Immigrants with Disabilities Fact Sheet

To get in contact with the IDAP team please contact: idap@creeclaw.org

Conferences, Talks, and Articles

  • October, 2019 – “Civil Rights Groups Charge that ICE Disregards Immigrants’ Medical, Mental Health Needs and Ignores Discrimination Against Immigrants with Disabilities,” published in Civil Rights Insider, Fall 2019 edition, pg 4.
  • October, 17, 2019 – IDAP presented about CREEC’s work on Fraihat v ICE and disability rights work for incarcerated immigrants in session titled, “New Frontiers in Detention Litigation” at the National Immigration Project’s annual membership meeting in Durham, NC.
  • September 25-26, 2019 – IDAP participated in two panels: “Current Disability Rights for Immigrants: Legislative and Regulatory Landscape” and “Spotlight: Mental Health and Immigration” at the Chicagoland Immigration and Disability Summit 2019 in Chicago, IL.
  • August, 19, 2019 – We spoke at the Fraihat v. ICE Press Conference on August, demanding accountability from ICE for the treatment of detainees.
  • October, 2018 – CREEC spoke to law students at Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver at the “Colorado Challenges Immigration Detention” part of the DU Crimmigration Law & Policy Event Series.
  • May, 2018 – CREEC participated in the Detention Watch Network’s 12th National Member Conference

 

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