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Updated - July 22, 2020

Hassoun v. Searls

Immigrants' Rights
Together with our partners at the University of Chicago Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New York Civil Liberties Union, we are challenging the constitutionality of this unprecedented scheme of domestic indefinite detention. We are also challenging the grossly unfair procedures the government has used, under which the government made the...

Filed - March 15, 2019

Updated - May 18, 2020

Swenson et al. v. Wisconsin Elections Commission

Voting Rights
A coalition of Wisconsin voters and organizations that work to mobilize Wisconsin voters sued state election officials for violating federal laws that protect the right to vote. The suit asks the court to remedy Wisconsin’s failure to implement measures to ensure that all Wisconsin voters will be able to freely and safely participate in the...

Filed - May 18, 2020

Updated - March 3, 2020

Mays v. LaRose

Voting Rights
  But, in Ohio, if a person is jailed in the days leading up to Election Day after the deadline to request an absentee ballot there is literally no way for them to cast a ballot. Even while it disfranchises jailed voters in this way, Ohio makes special accommodations to deliver ballots to people who...

Filed - November 6, 2018

Updated - October 11, 2019

Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database v. City of Chicago

Immigrants' Rights
The MacArthur Justice Center represents the Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, in a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD) targeting the widespread use of an inaccurate, racially discriminatory Gang Database.

Filed - June 19, 2018

Updated - August 14, 2019

Whitt v. City of St. Louis

Rights of Protesters
David Whitt, co-founded the St. Louis CopWatch, after Michael Brown was killed in 2014 by an on-duty police officer and there was no video evidence of the incident. He has provided CopWatch training in communities across the country. In August 2016, he was arrested while recording a video of police activity despite maintaining a reasonable...

Filed - August 7, 2018

Updated - August 9, 2019

Spoon v. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC et al.

Rights of Protesters
Cynthia Spoon, Sophia Cook-Phillips, and Eric Moll were traveling in a canoe and kayak on the waters of Bayou Bee to observe and peacefully protest the construction. As part of a continuing effort to suppress the protests, Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC (BBP) and HUB Enterprises (HUB) directed “private duty” law enforcement officers from the Louisiana...

Filed - August 9, 2019

Updated - June 28, 2018

Trump v. State of Hawaii (Amicus Brief)

Immigrants' Rights
At every stage in the litigation against that ban (which the President had often characterized as the “Muslim Ban”) the MacArthur Justice Center ensured that judges had before them a full record of President Trump’s hatred of people of the Muslim faith, his open desire to curtail their rights, and his specific, sustained promise to inhibit their entry to the United States.

Filed - March 26, 2018

Updated - June 28, 2018

Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach

Rights of Protesters
In Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, the MacArthur Justice Center stood up for the rights of protesters in an amicus brief, showing that the mere existence of probably cause does not justify an arrest in retaliation for speech. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed, holding 8-1 that at least in some circumstances, probable cause does not excuse a retaliatory arrest.

Filed - December 27, 2017

Updated - January 23, 2018

Catalan-Ramirez v. Wong

Immigrants' Rights
After a false inclusion in the CPD's Gang Database, six ICE agents stormed Mr. Catalan-Ramirez's house without a warrant, slammed him to the ground, handcuffed him, and took him away where he was detained, without adequate medical care, for over 10 months.The MacArthur Justice Center joined with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild to sue the City and ICE on Mr. Catalan-Ramirez's behalf. We have secured his freedom – and gotten his name removed from the Gang Database.

Filed - May 1, 2017

Mitchell v. Morton County et al.

Rights of Protesters
In the fall of 2016, Marcus Mitchell traveled to North Dakota to join the peaceful “water protectors,” in their demonstration against the construction of the DAPL. As a Diné from the Navajo nation, he was answering the Great Sioux Nation’s call to peacefully stand in support of the Nation’s sovereignty and to help them protect...

Filed - July 8, 2019