The ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP), the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law (CGRS), and pro bono counsel at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila (RSHC) today filed suit against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for refusing to release documents that would shed light on the agency’s treatment of asylum seekers.

The detention of Central American families – mothers with their children – has been a controversial issue since it was adopted broadly as a policy in 2014 by the Obama Administration in response to increased numbers of families seeking protection in the United States. Last week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers, of which CGRS Director Karen Musalo is a member, released an extensive report and recommendations on a range of issues related to family detention, now available online.

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) strongly supports the Refugee Protection Act (RPA) of 2016, introduced today in the Senate and House. CGRS applauds Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Zoe Lofgren, together with their co-sponsors, for championing this bill and urges all members of Congress to lend their support.