Federal Court to Re-hear C.J.L.G. Lawsuit on Behalf of Child Refugee

MEDIA ADVISORY

San Francisco, CA – In C.J.L.G. v. Whitaker, the en banc Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will address whether immigrant children facing deportation should have the right to a court-appointed attorney. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the ACLU, AIC, and Public Counsel have brought the challenge in the case of a boy, C.J., who fled Honduras at the age of 13 after gang members threatened, at gunpoint, to kill him. An Immigration Judge ordered him deported even though he did not have a lawyer to present his case.

A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected C.J.’s claim for a lawyer earlier this year. But then the full court took the rare step of withdrawing that decision, saying it would re-hear the case, this time with a panel of 11 judges.

WHAT: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals re-hearing of C.J.L.G. v. Whitaker, a case that maintains immigrant children facing deportation should have the right to a court-appointed attorney.

WHO: Arguing on behalf of the child will be Ahilan Arulanantham, Senior Counsel of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

WHEN: Monday, December 10, at 10:30 a.m. You can watch the hearing via livestream at this link.

WHERE: James R. Browning Courthouse
Courtroom 1, 3rd Floor Room 338
95 7th Street
San Francisco, CA