Russell Abrutyn

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Shackling of female detainees in labor

Villegas v. Metro. Gov't of Nashville, No. 11-6031 (6th Cir. Mar. 4, 2013) (published)

This was not directly an immigration case as it involved an action for damages against state and local agencies that shackled the plaintiff while she was giving birth and during the post-partum recovery period.

She was detained following an arrest for driving without a license because there was an ICE hold against her as the result of her re-entry following a removal.  Because of the ICE detainer, she was classified at a security level that resulted in her being shackled.

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