About Us

Etowah County Detention Center should not detain immigrants. We support the shutting down of the immigrant detention
center at Etowah.

Families for Freedom

Founded in September 2002, Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation. We are current and former detainees, deportees and their loved ones. We come from dozens of countries, across continents. FFF seeks to repeal the laws that are tearing apart our homes and neighborhoods; and to build the power of immigrant communities as communities of color, to provide a guiding voice in the growing movement for immigrant rights as human rights. FFF has evolved into an organizing center against deportation. We are source of support, education, and campaigns for directly affected families and communities -- locally and nationally.

NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law is a leading institution in both local and national struggles for immigrant rights. Its students engage in direct legal representation of immigrants and community organizations in litigation at the agency, federal court, and Supreme Court level, and in immigrant rights campaigns at the local, state, and
national level.[1]


This report is dedicated to people who were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and filed a habeas corpus petition in the U.S. courts.

The authors would like to thank William C. Anderson, Elise McCaffrey, Esq, Jessica Vosburgh, Esq,Donald Anthonyson, Families for Freedom members and the people who shared their stories with us for this report.


Nina Sheth, student, Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law

Rhiya Trivedi, student, Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law

Report Supervisor

Nancy Morawetz, Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law

Copy Editors

Abraham Paulos, Executive Director, Families for Freedom


Pauline Mallea
Paz Mallea

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Suggested Citation

Families for Freedom and New York University Immigrant Rights Clinic, The Writ of Habeas Corpus: How a United States District Court Circumvents Oversight of Unlawful Detention

For More Information, Contact:
Abraham Paulos, Executive Director Families for Freedom
e: abraham@familiesforfreedom.org
p: 646.290.8720