September 09, 2015

Immigration legal experts to explore immigration detention of children and families

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2015 — Immigration legal experts will explore the protections governing the treatment of immigrant children detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the program, “Family Detention at a Crossroads: Will the U.S. Government Persist or Desist?” hosted by the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration on Sept. 16 at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, Calif.  

“Family Detention at a Crossroads:
Will the U.S. Government Persist or Desist?”
Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Immigration

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E. Young Drive, East Room 1447
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Panelists will discuss the California federal court ruling in Flores v. Lynch, which ruled that a 1997 court-ordered settlement governing the treatment of detained unaccompanied immigrant children also applies to those children who are held and accompanied by a parent.

In addition, the panel will discuss the findings of the ABA report, “Family Immigration Detention: Why the Past Cannot Be Prologue,” which focuses on the federal government’s expansion of family immigration detention in response to the 2014 influx of Central American mothers with young children to the southwestern U.S. border.

Moderating the discussion will be Ingrid V. Eagly, aprofessor at the UCLA School of Law. Other participants include Denise L. Gilman, director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School; Carlos Holguín, general counsel of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law; and David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono and public interest services at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

This event is free and open to the members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Gutierrez at 202-662-1091 or

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