Missouri ACLU sues ICE for mistreating a Kansas City immigration lawyer

Picture of the incident with Martinez

This picture shows the incident with Martinez and the ICE officer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has sued two immigration agents alleging they mistreated an attorney who was accompanying her 3-year-old client to be reunited with his pregnant mother before both would be deported to Honduras.

The ACLU said in a news release Thursday that ICE agents separated immigration lawyer Andrea Martinez from the child last year at an ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Its claims agents pushed her to the ground.

Their lawsuit alleges the ICE agents refused her medical treatment for her bleeding leg and fractured foot and illegally detained her inside the facility. They also allegedly seized and searched her cell phone.

This comes after a ruling in January where federal prosecutors said there would be no criminal charges against one of the agents. U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison said the evidence didn’t support Martinez’s complaint, and the officer was justified in his actions securing the area in the middle of an intense protest.

The incident was recorded as part of the Netflix documentary, Living Undocumented, which was released this month.

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