Our Vital Work Continues

Rapid Defense Network – like any organization pitted against the Trump Administration’s relentless assault on immigrant rights – is relieved at the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. But our vital work continues, and we are proud to share these updates and thank you for helping make this work possible.

Last Friday we continued our fight to prevent the deportation of 28 children and their parents who have been denied access to their right, created by Congress, to seek asylum in the United States.On Saturday, a court issued an unjust decision that denied access to our clients but while one court door has closed we continue fight to open another.We’ve been fighting for these children and their parents for the past 14 months and we're not about to stop now. This injustice is unacceptable and we will keep fighting until we get fair treatment and #Safetyforthe28.

In addition, last week, RDN and our law firm partner Greenberg Traurig, LLP, appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to continue our successful fight on behalf of a five-year old child ICE seeks to deport. This child has an unhealed fractured skull - putting him in a pressurized airplane cabin in order to deport him may be deadly. You can read more about our litigation efforts on behalf of our five-year-old client here.

These urgent life or death situations persist and will continue in the days, months, and years to come – and RDN will continue to rapidly respond to protect those targeted.

Since inception, RDN has been committed to leveling the playing field for the most vulnerable by prying open the doors to Federal Courts nationwide through creative high caliber litigation. Based in New York City, RDN has quickly become a leader across the country in providing emergency representation that would otherwise not be available to the most vulnerable noncitizens.

With your support, we will continue to ensure the government is held accountable for violating immigrant rights before Federal Courts with the power to right wrongs.

Together, we will continue to urgently respond to the immediate needs of noncitizens targeted for deportation or detention in violation of the law today, tomorrow, and in the months and years to come.


New Board Members, as our work ramps up, RDN is excited to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors. We welcome Neena Dutta and Timothy Cooke.

Neena Dutta

  • Neena is Principal of the Dutta Law Firm in NYC and Special Counsel to McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter, LLP. She is Vice Chair of the National Client Resources Committee and Co-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) of New York Advocacy Committee. Neena also served as Director on AILA’s Board of Governors. Neena is renowned for expertise on PERM and Labor Certifications, Entrepreneur Visas, and Extraordinary Ability Visas. Neena has been recognized in the New York Metro Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys, and as the South Asian Bar Association of New York Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. She is a graduate of Seattle University and New York Law School, and a member of the state bars of New York and New Jersey. After emigrating from the UK to the US in 2000, she is now a dual national of both countries.

Timothy Cooke

  • Tim is a Managing Director of a global Management Consulting Firm, focused on Investment and Wealth Management. He was previously the founder and CEO of the Gartland and Mellina Group, a boutique Management Consulting Firm focused on Financial Services. Tim has over 27 years Financial Services industry and consulting experience and has led many large-scale engagements at top-tier investment managers, wealth managers, custodian banks, and clearing firms. He holds an MBA from Boston College.

Thank you again for supporting Rapid Defense Network.


Gregory Copeland and Sarah Gillman

Legal Directors

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