Morrison & Foerster LLP was honored by the American Immigration Council at the American Heritage Awards on June 15. The firm was recognized for its pro bono work challenging inhumane conditions for immigrants housed in short-term immigration detention centers run by U.S. Customs and Border Control in Arizona. The centers are widely known as hieleras, or iceboxes, because they are often extremely cold. Individuals are often held in these facilities in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions while being deprived of basic needs, including bedding, adequate food and water, and hygiene items.
Over the past three years, the MoFo team has worked tirelessly in its fight to improve these conditions, alongside co-counsel the American Immigration Council, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU of Arizona, and the National Immigration Law Center.
The MoFo team is being led by partners Colette Reiner Mayer (Palo Alto) and Louise Stoupe (Tokyo), and includes Elizabeth Balassone (San Francisco), Pieter de Ganon (Palo Aalto), Samuel Cortina (San Diego), and dozens of other associates and staff members across multiple offices.