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  • January 1, 2013
    NIJC and pro bono partner McDermott Will & Emery, filed a petition for review at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, on behalf of a man from Mexico.  Mr. Mejia entered the United States almost 40 years ago and quickly established roots in Chicago.  He and his longtime U.S…
  • NIJC and pro bono partner McDermott Will & Emery LLP, filed a Privacy Act suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) and Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on behalf of a U.S. citizen who was wrongly imprisoned. The plaintiff, James Makowski (“Makowski”), became a U.S.…
  • Johana Cece is an Albanian woman who was targeted by organized crime figures in Albania for forced sex trafficking.  She fled Albania to escape, and applied for asylum.  The Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) denied her claim, holding that Albanian women who fear sex trafficking cannot…
  • June 14, 2012
    Most binding interpretations of immigration law are made by the Board of Immigration Appeals, but the Attorney General himself has authority to decide cases and issue precedential decisions, and may overrule Board decisions with which he disagrees.  The Board decides 40,000 cases per year; it…
  • On June 18, 2012, NIJC filed suit to obtain information regarding the government’s implementation of prosecutorial discretion guidelines and directives from January 1, 2010 until present.  NIJC’s complaint was filed in the Northern District of Illinois, and has been assigned to the Honorable…
  • September 25, 2012
    NIJC, with the American Immigration Council (AIC), filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Cuellar de Osorio et. al.’s en banc rehearing.  Briefing for the case is connected to a class action that takes up the same issue – interpretation of INA §…
  • May 3, 2012
    April 22, 2009  The issue in Nken v. Holder, as stated in the Question Presented, was the proper standard for deciding whether to stay removal for a person challenging a removal order.  On that point, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 (over a dissent by Justices Alito and Thomas) to reject a…
  • In Granados Gaitan v. Holder, NIJC filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of Mr. Gaitan’s petition for rehearing.  Mr. Gaitan is an asylum seeker from El Salvador.  In El Salvador, MS-13 members attempted to recruit him, and threatened him and…
  • October 18, 2012
    NIJC filed an amicus brief before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Francisco Garfias Rodriguez, a Mexican man whose removal order based on the INA § 212(a)(9)(C) permanent bar was sustained by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) despite the fact that he is married to a…
  • February 12, 2013
    In Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder, NIJC filed an amicus brief in support of Ms. Henriquez-Rivas, an asylum-seeker from El Salvador.  When Ms. Henriquez-Rivas was twelve years old, she witnessed members of Mara Salvatrucha (“MS”) kill her father.   She then testified in court against three…