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February 19, 2020


***** TODAY: PRESS CALL ****

Attorneys and Community Members to Discuss Legal Victory Ordering Overhaul of Unconstitutional Border Patrol Detention Conditions

A federal court on Wednesday found conditions in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in the Tucson Sector violate the U.S. Constitution, ordering CBP to provide a bed, blanket, shower, potable food and water, and a medical assessment if migrants are held for longer than 48 hours. 

The decision, which comes after five years of litigation -- including a seven-day trial in January -- upholds a previous decision by the court and orders further changes. Attorneys, community members, and witnesses who testified in trial will speak to reporters about the significance of the decision on a press call on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 pm ET/4 pm MT.

WHO: Alvaro M. Huerta, staff attorney, National Immigration Law Center

Victoria Lopez, advocacy and legal director, ACLU of Arizona

Colette Reiner Mayer, trial counsel from Morrison & Foerster LLP

Karolina Walters, staff attorney, American Immigration Council

Bree Bernwanger, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Individuals formerly detained by CBP in the Tucson Sector

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

6 pm ET/4 pm MT

DIAL-IN 877-876-9173