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Highlights of Our Work – May 2017

Flores Attorneys Seek Relief for Detained Unaccompanied Minors›
On April 18, a panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in an appeal in Jenny Lisette Flores v. Sessions, a case in which NCYL has been co-counsel since it was originally filed in 1985.  The government is appealing District Judge Dolly Gee’s recent order enforcing a requirement in the settlement agreement that detained children have the right to a bond hearing before an immigration judge to determine their suitability for release.  The government refuses to provide children with bond hearings, maintaining it is not required to do so because of subsequent changes in the law. NCYL’s co-counsel, Carlos Holguín from the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, argued the appeal on behalf of the plaintiff class.  The panel of judges, Senior Circuit Judge Tashima and Circuit Judges Reinhardt and Berzon, has not yet issued its ruling.

Repeal of Bill Decriminalizing Child Sex Trafficking Victims Fails ›
Legislation to repeal California Senate Bill 1322, our hard won victory to stop the arrest of child sex trafficking victims for the crimes of their traffickers, failed to get out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Assembly Bill 1402 author Rep. Travis Allen has been on the Fox News circuit accusing Democrats of legalizing child prostitution with the passage of SB 1322. Some of his Democratic colleagues were not pleased. Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher called Allen out for lying about what SB 1322 does. She said it was “sickening” how he has mischaracterized this issue for political gain. She called 1402 an injustice to the entire process of what California has done for victims. Perhaps unsurprisingly, not a single member of the committee voted in favor of AB 1402 following Gonzalez-Fletcher’s remarks.

FosterEd Launches New Website ›
FosterEd has a new website! Our redesign includes landing pages for all of our demonstration sites, and a robust Resource Library where we will share links and resources developed by FosterEd and our partners. Visit us at and let us know what you think.

Congratulations Brian Rocca!
NCYL Boardmember Brian Rocca has been named a “Top 40 Under 40” Attorney by the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal newspaper. The annual recognition highlights the top young lawyers in the State. Brian is the youngest managing partner at Morgan Lewis where he works on anti-trust and complex litigation representing some of this biggest names in tech. At NCYL, we value Brian for bringing his wisdom and leadership to our Board of Directors.