Were you detained by the LA County Sheriff's Department with an ICE hold between October 2010 and June 2014?
If so, you maybe a class member and may ultimately be entitled to money compensation for unlawful detention. Please sign up ASAP so that we can determine if you are a class member and ensure you are notified if you are owed money from the Sheriff's Department.
Roy v. County of Los Angeles is a class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. It challenges the Sheriff's Department’s former practice of detaining people on immigration detainers (aka “ICE holds.”). This website was created by attorneys in the case who represent people who were detained. It is meant to help class members find out more about the case, including whether they may receive money damages.
What is this lawsuit about?
The lawsuit challenges three things:
(1) Detention on ICE Holds: The lawsuit challenges the Sheriff’s Department’s practice of detaining people on ICE holds after they should have been released on criminal charges.
(2) Booking people into jail who should have been released due to their low bail amount: The lawsuit challenges the Sheriff's Department’s practice of jailing people whose bail was less than $25,000, simply because they had an ICE hold. This part of the case applies to people who would not have been booked into jail in the first place, if not for the ICE hold.
(3) Refusing to accept bail: The lawsuit challenges the Sheriff's Department’s practice of refusing to accept bail for people with ICE holds (before October 2012).
What is the status of the case?
A federal judge has already decided that the Sheriff's Department’s first two practices violated the U.S. Constitution. There will be a trial on the third practice because the Sheriff’s Department claims that it never refused to accept bail for people with ICE holds.
How do I know if I am a class member?
Each of the three classes have different membership requirements:
(1) Detention on ICE Holds: You may be a class member if you had an ICE hold and you were detained at a Los Angeles County jail after your criminal charges fully resolved (for example, you were detained on an ICE hold after a judge ordered you released or after you served your full sentence). The class does not include people who had prior removal (deportation) orders. It also does not include people who were already in removal (deportation) proceedings when the ICE hold was issued. This class applies only to people detained on ICE holds after October 19, 2010.
(2) Booking people into jail who should have been released due to their low bail amount: You may be a class member if you had an ICE hold and you were booked into jail on charges with a total bail amount of less than $25,000. There are some exceptions, which we will review on an individual basis. This class applies only to people detained on ICE holds since October 19, 2010.
(3) Refusing to Accept Bail: You may be a class member if the Sheriff’s Department denied you the right to post bail because you had an ICE hold. This class applies only to people denied bail between October 19, 2010 and October 18, 2012.
If you think you belong to one of these classes, please send us your information.
Will anyone receive money damages?
The federal judge has decided that people who belong to the first two classes above may be entitled to money damages. This is not a guarantee that anyone will receive money. The court has not yet awarded money damages. It also has not decided how much money people may receive (if any).
There has been no decision about money damages for the third class.
If you think you belong to one of the first two classes above, please contact us by submitting your information below. It is very important that we be able to reach you in case money damages are awarded.
How can I be part of the case? What do I need to do?
If you think you belong to one of these classes and would like the attorneys representing the class to be able to contact you, please submit your contact information and answer a few short questions by clicking the button below.
Who are the attorneys handling the case?
There is a team of attorneys fighting this case on behalf of people who were unconstitutionally detained. This team includes attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the law firm Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt.