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Pro Bono Victory Ensures More Humane Conditions for Migrant Detainees at Border

November 2021 Bar Bulletin 

By Ryan Carpenter

A class action lawsuit challenging the conditions at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facilities resulted in a decision mandating that basic sanitation and other quality standards be met. In February 2020 (after nearly five years of litigation) the U.S. District Court in Arizona ruled the conditions in which detainees were held at CBP failed to meet basic human needs. The plaintiffs were granted a permanent injunction.

In Unknown Parties v. Nielsen,1 plaintiffs claimed that migrants were held in deplorable detention conditions at CBP detention facilities. The class action lawsuit challenged the inhumane treatment by Border Patrol...

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