The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) has trained over 200 pro bono attorneys to help separated families sue the government for the pain and suffering they endured as a result of detention and family separation. These trainings will enable more separated families to hold the government accountable for human rights abuses committed at the border by building a network of pro bono attorneys who feel comfortable taking on these claims.
In December and January, ASAP collaborated with law firms Arnold & Porter and Paul Weiss and our nonprofit partner organizations to provide in-person and web trainings on how to file monetary damages claims for family separation under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Since then, ASAP has worked with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco (LCCR) to place cases and provide assistance to the pro bono attorneys who are taking on cases.
Thus far, ASAP and LCCR have found legal representation for more than 75 parents and children interested in seeking justice for the harms of family separation. ASAP has created a toolkit on how to file these claims, and along with LCCR we have provided assistance to over 40 attorneys filing damages claims for separated families.
While most families who were separated at the border have been reunited, several of the parents whose cases we are placing are still living abroad, thousands of miles away from their children in the United States. We are grateful to partner with Justice in Motion, whose human rights defenders in Central America are continuing to identify these families and provide support as we place their cases with counsel.
If you are an attorney and are interested in helping a separated family file a claim against the government, please contact ASAP and LCCR at: firstname.lastname@example.org.