Immigrants’ Rights Clinic


Students in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic have full responsibility for defending clients against deportation in San Francisco Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals. As part of that work, students write complex legal briefs, argue cases, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses and clients, and represent clients in mini-trials. Students also engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy in partnership with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations.

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IRC Student Represents Client Before the Nevada Pardons Board

Immigrants' Rights Clinic Student Represents Client Before the Nevada Pardons Board Hearing

Congratulations to Madison Villarreal, ’24, who successfully represented her client before the Nevada Pardons Board. Madison’s client, P, is in immigration detention and in removal proceedings based on a prior criminal conviction. Madison filed a pardon application on her client’s behalf and represented him before the Nevada Pardons Board at the Nevada Supreme Court. Due to Madison’s zealous advocay, P was granted a pardon of his prior criminal convictions, which can potentially allow for new avenues for him to remain lawfully in the United States.


IRC Students Files FOIA Complaint

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Congratulations to IRC student Truman Chen, ‘24, who filed his first complaint in District Court. In May 2023, the IRC submitted FOIA requests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, on behalf of Immigrant Legal Defense, seeking records pertaining to enforcement and removal operations, including video footage of raids and other enforcement actions. After the requests went unanswered, the IRC filed a complaint with the Northern District of California. Truman conducted legal and factual research, and drafted the complaint.





Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Students Submit Complaint Over Violations of Detention Standards at Desert View Annex Detention Facility

Immigrants' Rights Clinic Students Submit Complaint Over Violations of Detention Standards at Desert View Annex Detention Facility

On May 9, 2024, The Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, in partnership with the ACLU of Southern California and the Shut Down Adelanto Coalition, submitted a complaint to the Office of Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO), an independent oversight entity within the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint calls attention to several violations of the federal government’s detention standards at Desert View Annex, a facility in Southern California. The complaint details many problematic conditions that violate the government’s own detention standards, including the facility’s repeated denial of access to attorneys, refusal to provide adequate medical care, and failure to serve nutritional food. The letter calls on OIDO to exercise its oversight powers to immediately conduct an unannounced investigation of the facility.



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