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September 09, 2014 Practice Points

Update: J.E.F.M. v. Holder

By Jennifer Baum

J.E.F.M. is an historic nationwide class action seeking court-appointed counsel for children in removal/deportation proceedings. Oral argument was heard on September 3, 2014, and a decision by the district court is pending. Video of the proceedings can be found on the court's website. The lawsuit seeks class certification, and declaratory, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of persons under 18 who are or will be in immigration proceedings on or after July 9, 2014, without legal representation. The court is expected to rule quickly.

The case is J.E.F.M, et al.. v. Holder, et al., 14-cv-01026-TSZ (W.D. Wash.)

Jennifer Baum is with the Child Advocacy Clinic's St. Vincent de Paul Legal Program at St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York.

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