Initially filed against the Trump administration, and now the Biden administration for denying unaccompanied children previously subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols program (MPP, also known as Remain in Mexico) their congressionally mandated protections under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). The federal government seeks to continue this dangerous and harmful practice in violation of the TVPRA while skirting transparency and accountability.
The plaintiffs are organizations who represent unaccompanied children: the Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) RAICES, ABA ProBar, and The Door. They are represented by ImmDef and Justice Action Center , with pro bono support from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. On August 14th, the immigrant rights organizations are heading to a California federal district court for trial, more than two years after the initial filing of the lawsuit as a result of a last-minute attempt by the federal government to deny plaintiffs their day in court. The trial comes at a critical time for immigrant children’s rights, as the Biden administration implements its asylum ban and children are dying in CBP custody.