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Guan et al. v. Wolf et al.

The five journalists filed a federal lawsuit alleging that CBP’s questioning aimed at uncovering their sources of information and their observations as journalists was unconstitutional.

November 20, 2019 Border

Doe v. Wolf

Pursuant to DHS’s former so-called Migrant Protection Protocols tens of thousands of asylum-seeking individuals and families were forced to wait in precarious conditions in Mexican border cities while their asylum cases were adjudicated. On November 5, 2019, we filed a class action to challenge...

November 5, 2019 Border Immigrants' Rights

Christynne Wood v. CFG Jamacha, LLC, dba Crunch Fitness

Under California law, it is illegal for businesses open to the public to discriminate against any person based on their sex, gender identity, or gender expression. Though the law is clear, our client, Christynne Wood, was not permitted to utilize the women’s locker room/bathroom at Crunch Fitness...

June 15, 2018

Ms. L v. ICE

Fearing death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ms. L. escaped with her seven-year-old daughter, eventually arriving at the San Ysidro port of entry in November 2017 to request asylum...

February 26, 2018