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Porter v. Gore

Every day, people beep their horns to support candidates or causes, greet friends or neighbors, summon children or co-workers, or celebrate weddings or victories. This expressive conduct is common, widespread, and protected by the First Amendment.

July 6, 2021

Matter of O.E.B.

The California legislature enacted Cal. Penal Code § 1437.7, which protects the rights of immigrants by allowing them to ask courts to vacate convictions when they were deprived of the right to meaningfully understand, knowingly accept, or defend against immigration consequences of the conviction.

May 25, 2021 Immigrants' Rights

Jones v. Gore

The lawsuit argues that the Sheriff has violated the California constitution by failing to provide for the reasonable safety and medical needs of people who are incarcerated in the San Diego County jails, acting in a manner that is “deliberately indifferent” to those needs, in violation...

March 10, 2021

Alvarez v. LaRose

As the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading aggressively across the United States in Spring 2020, it hit jails, prisons, and detention centers with particular virulence. The Otay Mesa Detention Center (OMDC), which detains both individuals held by the U.S. Marshals’ Service (USMS) facing federal...

April 25, 2020

Rodriguez Alcantara v. Archambeault

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an acute threat to the health and safety of people in congregate settings—places where large groups of people live, eat, and share common spaces in close proximity to one another. The populations at U.S. ICE detention centers across the country are no exception.

April 21, 2020 Immigrants' Rights