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News Posted on January 27, 2017

King Hall Immigration Clinic Wins Motion on Behalf of Detained Immigrant Children

The UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic won a significant victory on behalf of detained immigrant children on January 20, winning a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to enforce a settlement agreement guaranteeing the children due process rights.

The motion was part of Jenny L. Flores, et al. v. Loretta E. Lynch, et al., in which the Clinic is serving as co-counsel.  It sought to require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce the “Flores Agreement,” which guarantees detained children “the right to a bond redetermination hearing … as a procedural check against wrongful detention.” 

Clinic Co-director Holly S. Cooper, Aldo Martinez Gomez ’17, and Hope Alley ’16 attended the hearing to assist Co-counsel Carlos Holguin, General Counsel at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

“We are very proud of this decision as it will afford detain children due process and allow them to present evidence before a neutral judge--something the old infrastructure failed to provide them,” said Cooper.