Resource: Meet the father of the landmark lawsuit that secured basic rights for immigrant minors

By: Lorelei Laird

February 1, 2016

In an effort to keep children from living in terrible conditions, Carlos Holguín and his co-counsel sued—and changed the legal landscape surrounding the rights of immigrant minors. The 1985 class action lawsuit they filed to strike down the parents-only release policy became Flores v. Meese (for Edwin Meese, the U.S. attorney general at the time, and lead plaintiff Jenny Lisette Flores, a 15-year-old detainee). The suit ended in a settlement that’s still among the most powerful legal tools available to immigrant children’s advocates.

Resource Type(s):

Case Studies

Institution: ABA Journal

Related Cases:

Flores v. Reno