Clinic Students Win Freedom for Detained Teen

May 13, 2013

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.