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  • May 27, 2014
    May 27, 2014 The National Immigrant Justice Center and pro bono partners from Sidley Austin LLP filed a petition for review at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of a Colombian woman and her derivative husband and daughter. N.L.A.’s family owned land in Colombia that FARC…
  • April 24, 2014 This case seeks monetary damages for 324 days of wrongful detention due to an immigration detainer. Sergey Mayorov was born in Belarus and lawfully entered the United States at age 9 to live in the custody of his mother. Mr. Mayorov became a legal permanent resident on July 22, 2005…
  • The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and pro bono partners at Ropes & Gray LLP represented Yesenia Maldonado Lopez in her petition for review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Maldonado is a lesbian woman from El Salvador who, at the age of 14, was forced to…
  • April 22, 2013
    Amici NIJC, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, represented by Baker & McKenzie pro bono attorneys, filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Petitioner in Moncrieffe v. Holder, 569 U. S. ____,  …
  • December 10, 2012
    NIJC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and pro bono partner McDermott Will & Emery LLP filed an amici brief in support of Oshodi’s peititon for rehearing en banc at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Oshodi, a native of Nigeria, was tortured and persecuted in…
  • Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) filed a lawsuit against officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Jefferson County, Illinois, on behalf of seven immigrants who were held at the Jefferson County Justice Center under unsanitary conditions and with…
  • October 3, 2012
    In June, the Seventh Circuit dismissed the Petition for Review in Anaya-Aguilar v. Holder, which sought to challenge the BIA's denial of sua sponte reopening.  683 F.3d 369 (7th Cir. 2012).  After circulation to the full en banc Court of Appeals, the panel overruled Munoz De Real v.…
  • 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…