UCI Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic
scored a surprise victory for an Anaheim teenager facing deportation.
The client was handed over to immigration authorities about a year ago,
when he was 14, after he was repeatedly questioned about his immigration
status during 10 days in Orange County Juvenile Hall. The clinic sought
to suppress evidence from those unlawful interrogations and to obtain
related documents. In March, Jacob Barak ’13, Genny Kristie ’13, Pavneet Mac ’14, and Danila Toscano
’13 accompanied the client to what they thought would be a routine
hearing. But Immigration Judge Frank Travieso ended the proceeding and
thanked the clinic for its pro bono service. His ruling allows the
client to remain in the country and came after the government failed to
turn over the court-ordered documents sought by a prior clinic team of Edgar Aguilasocho ’12, Andrea Feathers ’12, and David Koch ’12, with assistance from Jamie Tremmel ’14.