Kristin Macleod-Ball

Kristin Macleod-Ball is a Staff Attorney with the American Immigration Council. Her work focuses on protecting the due process rights of individuals facing removal, including by seeking to ensure access to courts and access to counsel. Previously, Kristin worked at WITNESS, an organization that assisted locally-based non-profits around the world to produce and distribute human rights advocacy videos. She is a graduate of Bard College and Yale Law School.

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Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Over the past week, several media outlets reported that Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Jack Weil claimed that he could teach immigration law to three- and four-year-old children such that the children could represent themselves in immigration court. Now, Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims that the U.S. Department of Justice is “looking at various ways […]

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Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Written by on November 23, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Last summer, the U.S. government decided to prioritize the deportations of unaccompanied children and of families with children in response to increased numbers of children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Children’s cases were conducted on an expedited schedule, or “rocket docket,” that left children with little time to try to find an […]

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Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

Written by on October 28, 2015 in Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

In the discussion around family detention, little attention has been paid to the fact that states play an important role in licensing any facilities where children are cared for. That role has come under heightened scrutiny since federal judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in August that, under the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, children […]

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Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Written by on September 24, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced changes to the regulations governing legal representation in immigration court and at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Every year, thousands of immigrants are forced to represent themselves in immigration court. The changes are intended to increase representation of immigrants who are facing deportation – […]

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Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Detention, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

In a decision issued Friday, a district court in California ruled yet again that the government is violating a long-standing settlement agreement protecting the rights of children in immigration detention. Advocates for immigrant children went to court in February to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which […]

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Government Doubles Down on Locking Up Immigrant Mothers and Children

Written by on August 10, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Government Doubles Down on Locking Up Immigrant Mothers and Children

The government continued to defend its widespread detention of asylum-seeking women and children in documents filed last week in the Flores case. Advocates went to court in February to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which set minimum standards for the detention, release and treatment of […]

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Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

Written by on May 14, 2015 in Detention, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

In February, advocates went to court to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which set minimum standards for the detention, release and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. In response, government attorneys claimed that the Flores settlement should not apply to children in family detention. […]

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether It’s Okay to Deprive a Person of His Day In Immigration Court

Written by on April 30, 2015 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Supreme Court to Decide Whether It’s Okay to Deprive a Person of His Day In Immigration Court

Every day in immigration courts around the country, people facing deportation try to explain why they should be allowed to remain in the United States under our notoriously complex immigration laws. Those who have legal representation rely on their attorneys to follow procedures and make arguments that may be virtually indecipherable to people without legal […]

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Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

Written by on March 18, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

The outcry against the detention of children and women seeking protection from violence continues. Just yesterday, over 95 national and local civil rights, human rights, immigrants’ rights, and religious organizations sent a letter to President Obama outlining the mounting criticism of family detention and urging the Administration to follow a recent federal court decision denouncing […]

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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Written by on February 13, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still […]

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