Mental Health and Immigration - Cases

  1. Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder, Case No. 10-CV-02211 (D. Cal 2010).

    1. amended Complaint available at http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/franco-gonzales-et-al-v-holder-et-al-first-amended-class-action-complaint.

    2. Case docs are at https://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/franco-gonzales-v-holder.

    3. ACLU Press Release, Federal Court Grants Class-Action Status to Unrepresented Immigration Detainees With Mental Disabilities (Dec. 20, 2011), available at http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/federal-court-grants-class-action-status-unrepresented-immigration-detainees.

    4. Esha Bhandari and Carmen Iguina, Historic Decision Recognizing Right to Counsel for Group of Immigration Detainees, Huffington Post Blog (April 24, 2013), available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/esha-bhandari/franco-gonzales-v-holder_b_3147274.html

    5. Cindy Carcamo, Judge: Immigrants Have Right to Representation, Orange County Register (Dec. 23, 2010), available at http://www.ocregister.com/news/aclu-281607-federal-representation.html.

    6. Cindy Chang, Mentally Disabled Facing Deportation Win Right to Free Legal Help, LA Times (April 25, 2013), available at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mentally-disabled-immigrants-ruling-20130425,0,5342884.story.

    7. Paloma Esquivel, Detained Immigrants With Mental Illnesses Face Barriers in Court, LA Times (Feb. 7, 2012), available at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mental-disabilities-20120207,0,829027.story.

    8. Terra Lawson-Remer, Human Rights and Access to Legal Representation, Council on Foreign Relations, Development Channel (April 29, 2013), available at http://blogs.cfr.org/development-channel/2013/04/29/human-rights-and-access-to-legal-representation/.

    9. Anibal Ortiz, Hundreds of Deported Immigrants Could Return to U.S., Southern California Public Radio (Sept. 25, 2015), available at http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/09/25/54645/hundreds-of-deported-immigrants-could-return-to-us/.

    10. Julia Preston, In a First, Judge Orders Legal Aid for Mentally Disabled Immigrants Facing Deportation, New York Times (April 24, 2013), available at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/us/legal-aid-ordered-for-mentally-disabled-immigrants.html?ref=politics&_r=0.

    11. Catherine Saillant, U.S. Must Provide Incapacitated Immigrants with Lawyers, Judge Rules, L.A. Times (Dec. 27, 2010), available at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/12/us-must-provide-disabled-illegal-immigrants-with-lawyers-judge-rules.html.

    12. Carol Smith, Is There a Right to Counsel?  Class Action Suit Represents Detainees with Mental Disabilities, Investigate West (Sept. 9, 2012), available at http://www.invw.org/article/is-there-a-right-to-couns-1298

  2. Matter of B-Z (2011) (BIA case involving mental illness): various materials for this case can be found at http://www.legalactioncenter.org/clearinghouse/litigation-issue-pages/immigrants-mental-disabilities-removal-proceedings

  3. Matter of L-T (2010) (BIA case involving mental illness): various materials for this case (including the BIA's request for amicus briefs and the amicus briefs themselves) can be found at http://www.legalactioncenter.org/clearinghouse/litigation-issue-pages/immigrants-mental-disabilities-removal-proceedings

  4. Matter of M-A-M (2011) (BIA case involving mental illness): the decision and commentary from the American Immigration Council can be found at http://www.legalactioncenter.org/litigation/safeguards-removal-proceedings-noncitizens-who-lack-mental-competency.