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Federal Judge orders ICE to release four detained immigrants at risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 infection

Apr 09, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has ordered the release of four immigrants detained in two ICE detention centers in California on the grounds that their age and medical conditions make them especially vulnerable to the potentially fatal COVID-19 infection. “None of these [individuals] is in a position to meaningfully limit his exposure to COVID-19 while at Yuba or Mesa Verde,” Judge Chesney aff... Read More
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Ninth Circuit Upholds Injunction Requiring Bond Hearings for Immigrants

Apr 07, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a preliminary injunction in a class action lawsuit against the federal government filed by two Bay Area fathers who were denied bond hearings and held in ICE detention at the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond. “We are gratified that the Ninth Circuit recognized that our clients cannot be held for lengthy peri... Read More
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Lawsuit Demands ICE Release Immigrants at Risk of Death from COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, thirteen immigrants detained in two ICE detention centers in California filed a lawsuit in federal district court against U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement calling for their immediate release. Because of their advanced age and underlying medical conditions, the 13 plaintiffs are especially vulnerable to the potentially fatal COVID-19 infection while they are confi... Read More
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Northern California Indian Development Council Hires Indigenous Education Advocate

Mar 12, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO — In March, the Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC) hired an Indigenous Education Advocate. This newly created position is part of a larger collaboration between NCIDC and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, aimed at advancing educational equity for Native American students in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties and adjacent tribal lan... Read More
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ACLU Comment on ICE and California Law Enforcement Use of Clearview AI’s Face Surveillance System

Feb 27, 2020
SACRAMENTO — A partial company list published today in an expose by Buzzfeed confirms that Immigration and Customs Enforcement and at least one California law enforcement agency have teamed up with Clearview AI to run people’s faces against the company’s shadily-assembled database of billions of photos. In fact, according to Buzzfeed, ICE agents have run more than 8,000 searches from about 60 acco... Read More
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Homeless Californians Win New Protections in Caltrans Settlement

Feb 18, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – Under a proposed settlement announced today between the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”) and a class of homeless people whose property was taken by Caltrans crews in sweeps of their encampments, Caltrans will establish a $1.3 million fund to compensate people for the loss of property that was destroyed in the sweeps. In addition, Caltrans will be required to ado... Read More
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ACLU Reaches Settlement With City of San Francisco in Case of Racially Biased Arrests

Feb 13, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – The City of San Francisco has agreed to financially compensate seven black men and women who were purportedly arrested for selling small amounts of drugs by the San Francisco Police Department, which targeted them for federal criminal prosecution because of their race, while ignoring people of other races engaged in the same activity. In a $225,000 settlement, the City of San Fr... Read More
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ACLU of Northern California Newsletter Archives Go Online

Feb 10, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO — As the ACLU celebrates 100 years of landmark civil rights work nationwide, the ACLU of Northern California is simultaneously releasing the digital archives of our membership newsletter, in partnership with the California Historical Society. This treasure trove of civil liberties history, including every issue of the ACLU News newsletter dating back to 1936, will now be digitally... Read More

ACLU Settlement Agreement Secures Governor’s Commitment to $14 Million in Added Support for Public Defense Systems Throughout California and Agency Expansion

Jan 10, 2020
SACRAMENTO — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California along with its other California affiliates, and the law firms Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Paul Hastings LLP have settled a lawsuit brought against the State of California and Fresno County. The settlement is a considerable step toward ensuring that the Sixth Amendment right to counsel is upheld throughout all of C... Read More
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March in Fresno Saturday to Highlight ICE Abuses during Traffic Stops

Dec 12, 2019
FRESNO — On Saturday, the children of Hugo Hernandez, an undocumented Fresno resident who was arrested during a traffic stop and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, will lead community members in a march to raise public awareness about ICE continuing to terrorize and traumatize immigrant families. ICE officers pulled Hernandez over on Nov. 5, while he was taking his ... Read More