Media Contact

Maria Frausto, American Immigration Council, 202-507-7526,
Marcela Taracena, ACLU of Arizona, 602-773-6004,
Juan Gastelum, National Immigration Law Center, 213-375-3149,

January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020


WHAT: Attorneys who are challenging the horrific conditions in U.S. Border Patrol's short-term detention facilities across the Tucson Sector will speak about the inadequate medical care and severe conditions to which thousands of individuals have been subjected inside CBP detention centers.

The press call comes after a seven-day trial in the lawsuit, Doe v. Wolf, where immigrant and civil rights groups advocated on behalf of detained migrant men, women, and children who experienced cold and overcrowded conditions in Border Patrol's detention centers in Tucson. A federal judge heard from qualified experts who testified on substandard conditions, as well as witnesses previously held in a Tucson detention center.

The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by the American Immigration Council, ACLU of Arizona, the National Immigration Law Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Morrison & Foerster LLP.


  • Mary Kenney, directing attorney of litigation with the American Immigration Council.
  • Alvaro Huerta, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.
  • Bree Bernwanger, senior staff attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Colette Reiner Mayer, trial counsel from Morrison & Foerster LLP.
  • Yvette Borja, staff attorney at the ACLU of Arizona.

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. EST/ 12:30 p.m. MST

Media Call-in Information:

Dial: 877-876-9176