Immigrants’ Rights Organizations Head to Court to Defend Unaccompanied Children


November 1, 2023

WHAT: Trial before a federal district court judge in the ImmDef v. DHS case

WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 9:30 am 

WHERE: First Street U.S. Courthouse (Central CA District):  350 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHO: Speakers from the following plaintiff organizations and their counsel will be available for press inquiries following the trial:

  • Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef)
  • Justice Action Center
  • ABA’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

LOS ANGELES – Immigrant rights organizations are heading to a California federal district court on Tuesday, November 7th, for trial in Immigrant Defenders Law Center v. Department of Homeland Security. The case challenges the Biden Administration’s practice of 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 both transparency and accountability.

As a result of attempts by the federal government to deny plaintiffs their day in court, the trial comes more than two-and-a-half years after the initial filing of the lawsuit. Plaintiffs’ witnesses will deliver compelling testimony to ensure that the government is held to account for its unconscionable actions toward unaccompanied youth. 

Plaintiff organizations include Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef), RAICES, and the ABA’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), who seek to ensure that vulnerable children are given the protections guaranteed to them by Congress. 

The plaintiffs are represented by the ImmDef, Justice Action Center, and Simpson Thacher and Barlett LLP.

To learn more about the case, visit

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Alicia Vargas
Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Joan Agoh
Justice Action Center

Caroline Fatchett
Simpson Thacher

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