Catalina Restrepo

Catalina Restrepo is the Legal Assistant at the Legal Action Center. As a student at Tufts University, Catalina studied abroad in Jordan where she participated in a language-intensive Arabic program. She also participated in a student-run sustainable development group on campus, focusing her research on Nicaragua. Between her junior and senior years Catalina served as an intern for KARAMAH in Rockville, MD. Catalina graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in Arabic and International Relations.

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New Report Depicts Ongoing Abuses by Border Patrol

Written by on September 28, 2015 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
New Report Depicts Ongoing Abuses by Border Patrol

Related Content: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse Deported migrants suffer a range of abuses at the hands of Custom and Border Patrol agents, according to a new Kino Border Initiative (KBI) report. The report relies on original surveys of Mexican migrants that were deported to Nogales, Mexico during the second half […]

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Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant

Written by on August 11, 2015 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant

After long legal battles over punitive, state anti-immigration laws like Arizona’s SB1070 and Alabama’s HB56, state governments learned the limits on what types of immigration policies they can set at the local level. Since then, states have begun moving in a new direction by more generally enacting state immigration laws that seek to protect, integrate […]

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Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Written by on June 24, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Earlier this week, eight Democratic House Members took a trip to Dilley and Karnes, Texas to visit two immigrant family detention facilities and meet with women and children detained there. Dozens of women demonstrated during the visit, using sheets and pillow cases to make their statements. One five-year-old boy held up the message, “I am […]

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Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

In 2009, the Obama Administration ended family detention at the infamous T. Don Hutto jail in Texas and cut the number of immigrants in family detention to less than a hundred. However, after the surge of Central American migrants last summer, the Administration reinstituted the appalling practice of family detention, with plans to detain 2,760 […]

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Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Written by on March 31, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Faith leaders from around the country visited the Dilley family detention center in Texas just days before mothers in the Karnes detention facility, another Texas family detention center located less than 100 miles from Dilley, began a hunger strike. Shortly after their visit last week, the clerics declared family detention to be “inhumane and harmful […]

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Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Written by on March 12, 2015 in Abuses, Enforcement with 3 Comments
Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Last month, following a five day trial, a United States district court ordered the United States to pay almost $500,000 to Jesus Castro Romo, for injuries he sustained after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot him in the back. Mr. Castro had been walking through the desert when a Border Patrol agent on horseback approached […]

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How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S, and while the president’s executive actions on immigration offer temporary deportation reprieves for millions, some unauthorized immigrants might be eligible for permanent immigration relief and not know it. That’s the finding of a recent report published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The […]

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Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

Written by on October 10, 2014 in En Español, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

En 2011 una niña de cuatro años de edad fue detenida ilegalmente por oficiales de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP) al llegar al aeropuerto de Dulles, en el estado de Virginia. Luego de detener a la menor, los oficiales de CBP no permitieron que la niña tuviera contacto […]

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Here Are Some of the Stories of Women Held at Artesia

Here Are Some of the Stories of Women Held at Artesia

The lawsuit filed last week by the American Immigration Council, the ACLU, the National Immigration Project, and the National Immigration Law Center challenging government deportation policies at the family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, has shined a light on the deprivation of due process occurring there daily. On Tuesday, the New York Times called […]

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