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Pro Bono Success Story: Kuck Immigration Partners

This is the second installment of a new feature: pro bono success stories from Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers firms. Today's story is from Kuck Immigration Partners.

Kuck Immigration Partners recently handled a pro bono case for a mentally ill client who was being detained at the Stewart Detention Center (SDC) in Lumpkin, Georgia.  The client had been detained for almost 5 months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Kuck Immigration Partners attempted to obtain an adequate mental health evaluation and to secure his release on humanitarian grounds, but ICE rejected these efforts.  After witnessing the client's mental deterioration, Kuck Immigration Partners filed a federal habeas corpus petition arguing that the client's prolonged detention and exposure to solitary confinement violated the U.S. Constitution.  Before the petition was scheduled to be heard in federal court, ICE released the client for humanitarian reasons.

Managing Partner Charles H. Kuck expressed his gratitude to the U.S. Attorney's office in Columbus, Georgia, for their direct involvement in finding a workable solution to the client's continued detention before the federal court hearing.  Since his release, the client's prior reinstatement of an order of removal has been vacated, and he has been served with a Notice to Appear in immigration court at a future date.

The case was especially rewarding because the client should now be able to receive treatment for his medical needs, and will have the support of his U.S. citizen wife and children as he prepares his asylum claim based on persecution he suffered due to his status as a former Mexican police officer.

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