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News Posted on December 1, 2017

Professor Cooper, with ACLU and Cooley LLP, Wins Lawsuit on Behalf of Detained Immigrant Teens

Professor Holly S. Cooper ’98, co-director of the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic, was part of the legal team that scored an impressive victory on behalf of immigrant teenagers jailed as a result of unsubstantiated allegations of gang activity. On November 20, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order requiring that the youths be given notice of the reasons for their arrest, access to evidence, and a timely hearing in which the government would bear the burden of justifying their detention.

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, co-counsel Cooley LLP, and Professor Cooper. The suit, filed in August 2017, charged the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) with detaining children on the basis of unsubstantiated gang allegations from the Department of Homeland Security.