The rapid advancement of the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused a public health emergency and presents a fatal threat to incarcerated people. Thousands of immigrants are held in the patchwork of detention facilities in the United States, which is comprised of federal immigrant detention facilities, private detention facilities, and local jails and prisons contracted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to hold immigrant detainees.

NIPNLG has published practice advisories and brought multiple federal lawsuits to address this on-going crisis. All COVID-19 related cases and practice advisories are listed below. We will continue to update these materials and guidance as needed.

This material is up to date as of August 12, 2020.

Our Litigation

  • Santos Garcia et al v. Wolf et al (July 21, 2020)
    Detained Immigrants Sue ICA-Farmville (VA) for COVID-19 Response as Over 80% of Facility Tests Positive
  • Williams v. Horton (April 29, 2020)
    Medically Vulnerable Immigrants Seek Emergency Release From ICE Detention in AL
  • Archilla v. Witte (April 29, 2020)
    Medically Vulnerable Immigrants Seek Emergency Release From ICE Detention in Alabama
  • Alvarez v. La Rose (April 26, 2020)
    Suit Filed to Drastically Reduce Number of People in U.S. Marshals’ Custody at Otay Mesa Detention Center
  • Codner v. Choate (April 22, 2020)
    Medically-Vulnerable Immigrants Detained by ICE in Aurora, Colorado Seek Immediate Release Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte (April 16, 2020)
    Medically Vulnerable Immigrants in “Notorious” Mississippi ICE Facility File Emergency Petition for Release
  • Dada v. Witte (April 14, 2020)
    Medically Vulnerable Immigrants Detained by ICE in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana Seek Release Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Toure v. Hott (April 14, 2020)
    Immigration Groups Suing ICE Demanding Immediate Release of Individuals Detained in Virginia Who are Most at Risk of COVID-19
  • National Immigration Project et al. v. EOIR et al. (April 8, 2020)
    Lawsuit Seeks Halt to Dangerous and Unconstitutional Policies Endangering Immigration Attorneys, Clients, and the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Coreas v. Bounds: COVID 19 - Habeas (March 24, 2020)
    Lawsuit Seeks Halt to Dangerous and Unconstitutional Policies Endangering Immigration Attorneys, Clients, and the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Practice Advisories