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Flores v Reno – Press Resources and Documents

On Friday, September 13, 2019, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and co-counsel filed an opposition to the government’s motion to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. See the documents:


The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and co-counsel filed a supplemental brief on Friday, August 30, 2019 to block the Administration’s Apprehension, Processing, Care and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children final regulations. These regulations are an attempt to dismantle the Flores Settlement Agreement, which has stood for decades as the standard of protection for children in immigration custody. See the documents:

The 1997 settlement agreement in Flores v. Reno set national standards for the treatment and placement of minors in what was then Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) custody. INS obligations under the agreement are now the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The agreement establishes minimum standards for initial detention and a policy favoring release of minors. It also requires that children who remain in federal custody be placed in the least restrictive environment and mandates provision of information, treatment and services.


August 30, 2019 – Supplemental Memorandum in Support of Motion to Enforce Settlement

August 30, 2019- Declarations in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion to Enforce Settlement

August 30, 2019 – [Proposed] Order Enforcing Settlement Notwithstanding Publication of Final Rule

August 21, 2019 Statement on Published Regulations

June, 2019 Temporary Restraining Order

20-State Amicus Brief

Schedule of Monitor Reports

Flores Order Appointing Special Monitor

Practice Advisory: Appointment of Independent Monitor

Motion to Enforce – November 2018

ORDER – Special Master Order Reinstating Old Order November 2018

ORDER – Motion to Enforce July 2018