O.M.G. v. Wolf
Rapid Defense Network, RAICES, and ALDEA - The People’s Justice Center filed a case, O.M.G. v. Wolf, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Saturday on an emergency basis seeking release of all families being held in the Family Residential Centers due to the eminent risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.
O.M.G. challenges the government’s failure to take minimally adequate safety precautions, such as providing education about COVID-19 or providing even the most basic necessities such as soap or sanitizer – let alone make it physically possible to socially distance.
“ICE’s family detention centers fail to provide adequate medical care in the best of times. When such inadequacies are made worse in the midst of a deadly pandemic by so-called safety measures that are totally at odds with all reasonable precautions ordered by medical experts, mayors and governors across the country – no valid justification of any sort exists to permit the continued detention of these children and their parents,” said
Gregory Copeland, Legal Director of Rapid Defense Network.