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Plaintiff Heninston Francis filed a pro se civil rights complaint alleging use of excessive force against the City of Hollywood and several police officers. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of several defendants and denied summary judgment to two defendants. The case failed to settle at mediation. The case against two police officers is specially set for trial beginning October 23, 2023. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Pro se Plaintiff Thore Holm Hansen seeks review of a United States Customs & Immigration Service’s February 15, 1979 deportation order, which Plaintiff alleges was unlawful because he was in fact a U.S. citizen at the time. Plaintiff is a citizen of Norway but alleges that, unbeknownst to him until recently, he automatically became a U.S. citizen as a child when his father acquired U.S. citizenship. The Court has ordered the agency to file a response by July 14, 2023. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff, Angela Garland, seeks representation for a recently-filed 1983 Bivens action against certain members of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Plaintiff alleges that the officers entered her home and conducted a search of her premises without presenting a valid warrant. Plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Pro se plaintiff Terry Pullen filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against two police officers, alleging that they falsely arrested him and maliciously prosecuted him for possession of cocaine. Plaintiff’s claims survived a motion to dismiss and trial has been set for May 20, 2024. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff, while a pretrial detainee, filed a civil rights action alleging deliberate indifference to serious dental needs while confined at the Broward County Main Jail. An Order setting trial and pretrial deadlines has been entered. Trial is scheduled to begin during the two week period commencing December 18, 2023. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Defendant is facing a civil lawsuit for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Defendant was represented by counsel, but counsel for Defendant moved to withdraw from the representation on June 9, 2023, which the Court granted on the same day. Defendant seeks replacement counsel to respond to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Judge Scola has referred this § 1983 case to the Volunteer Attorney Program. The Plaintiff is a pro se prisoner currently incarcerated at the Miami-Dade Pretrial Detention Center. Following the Court’s March 7, 2023 Order (ECF No. 14) granting Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, what remains of the Plaintiff’s Complaint is Count Three—in which he alleges that Defendant S. Hyppolite, a correctional officer, violated his Eight Amendment right to be free from excessive forc e. The Plaintiff alleges that Defendant S. Hyppolite pushed him down into a holding chair and bound his wrists using excessive force such that the Plaintiff felt like his wrists were going to break, resulting in swelling and pain. (See ECF No. 1-1 at 4). If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff alleges that, while he a pretrial detainee, jail officials were deliberately indifferent to medical needs caused by his chronic kidney condition. The bulk of Plaintiff’s claims survived a motion to dismiss and the case is currently in discovery. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

The Plaintiff, Marcia Taylor, has sued Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, alleging she suffered discrimination, retaliation, constructive termination, and other harms while she worked for DHS. As a result, Taylor alleges, she’s suffered financial injuries and has been blacklisted from being rehired by DHS because of a derogatory remark in her employee file—a remark that, according to Taylor, violates the False Claims Act. Taylor seeks (1) reinstatement to her job; (2) removal of the derogatory document; (3) an injunction preventing hiring officials from blocking her future employment applications; (4) back pay including benefits from December of 2018 through today; (5) compensatory damages; (6) punitive damages; and (7) her costs and fees. Taylor filed her First Amended Complaint on June 2, 2023, and the Defendant has not yet been served. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Defendant Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega is facing a civil lawsuit for compensatory and punitive damages for torts in violation of the Torture Victim Protection Act, Pub. L. No. 102-256, 106 Stat. 73 (1992) (codified at 28 U.S.C. § 1350, note) (“TVPA”). Defendant was represented by counsel during the Motion to Dismiss phase. The Court recently denied Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. Current counsel cannot con tinue their representation of Defendant, so Defendant is seeking replacement counsel to represent Defendant on the issue of whether Plaintiffs have exhausted local remedies in Colombia as required by the TVPA. Please be advised that although not mandatory, Spanish-speaking counsel is preferred. If interested, please email ruiz@flsd.uscourts.gov.

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