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Gonzalez v. Sessions

Two Bay Area fathers who have been detained for over six months at the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California sued the federal government today in a class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful and prolonged detention.

April 14, 2018 Immigrants' Rights

Ramos v. Nielsen

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California, with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of nine people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and five United States citizen children of TPS holders agains

March 13, 2018 Immigrants' Rights

Garza v. Hargan

In this case, the ACLU is representing a young woman in Texas who is currently being prevented from accessing abortion care because the Trump administration has adopted a new policy that directly prevents unaccompanied immigrant minors from obtaining abortions.

October 13, 2017 Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity

Inland Empire - Immigrant Youth Collective v. Duke

The ACLU and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of several young immigrants against the Trump administration for its unlawful revocations of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status.

October 6, 2017 Immigrants' Rights

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