Texas A&M School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic student Madeleine "Maddie" Hamparian helped a client obtain humanitarian parole, a temporary permission allowing non-U.S. citizens to enter the country to attend to urgent issues. In this case, the client's son was having a critical surgery that her husband's donated tissue could make possible. His presence was needed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made the decision in early September. The law school's medical/legal partnership with Cook Children's Medical Center facilitated the meeting and eventually successful result.
A&M Law students and faculty are among those awarded for advocating for the rights of detained immigrant women.
The Texas A&M University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, directed by Professor Fatma Marouf, jointly received the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project with law clinics from Boston University, Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Georgia.
The Texas A&M School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic joined forces with several other organizations to file a lawsuit on behalf of women who suffered medical abuse in U.S. Immigration and Consensus Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Irwin County Detention Center. The complaint alleges a pattern of unnecessary and non-consensual medical procedures, including unwanted gynecological surgeries.
“These non-consensual medical interventions are shocking," said Fatma Marouf, director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic. "Our Clinic helped prepare detailed declarations by the women about their experiences, obtained evaluations by independent medical experts and submitted requests for release.”
The Texas A&M Law School Immigrant Rights Clinic is fighting to stop the deportation of Cameroonian immigrants who were severely abused in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Some were subjected to excessive force that resulted in broken fingers when officers tried to force them to provide fingerprints, while others were pepper sprayed in retaliation for refusing to sign documents. At least one person also reported seeing officers soak detainees in a shower and then tase them. The Immigrant Rights Clinic filed several complaints on behalf of the Cameroonian immigrants to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of homeland Security, and has asked ICE to delay their imminent removal so that their claims can be thoroughly investigated.
The Texas A&M Immigrant Rights Clinic filed a petition in federal court in May demanding that ICE immediately release 11 medically-vulnerable immigrants from the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado, Texas. There are at least 45 detained individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Professor Fatma Marouf, Adjunct Professor Sehla Ashai and students Teresa Reyes Flores, Marisela Gonzales, Mario Guerra, Maria Jose Rosales Lagos and Emily Malden, joined forces with RAICES and the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy in bringing the case forward.
Meet the Texas A&M Law students supporting the cause.
Texas A&M School of Law Professor Fatma Marouf spearheaded the drafting of a letter to Chief Immigration Judge Christopher Santoro on behalf of professors who teach immigration clinics. The letter urges the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to:
- Order the of release individuals held in detention and temporarily close the immigration courts;
- Prioritize bond hearings and grant subsequent bond redetermination hearings based on COVID-19 as a changed circumstance;
- Facilitate VTC and telephonic appearances by counsel and witnesses; and
- Temporarily stop the issuance of removal orders.
Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Fatma Marouf receives a Presidential Transformational Teaching Grant in the amount of $20,000 to support a project that would expand the experiential learning opportunities offered by the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Texas A&M School of Law.
Students participating in the the Texas A&M University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic won protection under the Convention Against Torture for a client from Somalia last week. The court found a greater than 50 percent chance of future torture with government acquiescence. This is an extremely difficult type of case to win, according to TAMU Law Professor and Director of the Immigrants Rights Clinic Fatma Marouf. Nationwide, only 1.8 percent of applications under the Convention Against Torture were granted in 2017.
Kevin Hernandez, editor-in-chief of the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law, considers his greatest accomplishment to date being offered an invitation to publish his article, The Implications of Environmental Law and Latino Property Rights on Modern-Age Border Security: Rejecting a Physical Border and Embracing a Virtual Wall, with the Harvard Latinx Law Review.