Representing all detained minors in the Flores case
Ensuring CBP conditions are safe and sanitary
Securing the prompt release of all detained minors
Conducting inspections of detention facilities nationwide
Uniting detained minors with their families living in the U.S.
Establishing legal measures to prevent family separation
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) is a non-profit legal services organization that represents all detained immigrant children in the United States through the Flores v. Garland class action case.
Since 1997, CHRCL has had a nationwide settlement agreement with the government that sets the national standards for humane treatment and prompt release from custody of detained immigrant children.
Under the settlement, CHRCL is the only non-governmental organization in the country permitted to inspect every detention site where children are detained and to interview and assess the treatment of all detained children.
In 2002, CHRCL finalized a supplemental settlement with the Department of homeland security regarding the conditions of detentions of children in Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso CBP sectors. The CBP settlement will remain in effect until December 2024. In general, this settlement requires CBP to provide medical assessments and treatments of detained minors and establishes standards for medical assessments and treatment of minors, nutrition standards, temperature controls, sleeping quarters, hygiene and sanitation standards, family unity while detained, caregiver services for minors, access to clean and dry clothing, and the appointment of a Juvenile Care Monitor.
The history of the litigation was published by the New York Times on August 20, 2019 in an article entitled The History of Migrant Children Protection in America Started With Two Girls in Los Angeles