IRC Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Client Against Ill. County for Illegal Detention

Key witness in trial for 2017 car crash that killed a pregnant woman and her sons now sues Will County, claiming illegal detention

Immigrants advocates and supporters rallied together in Chicago’s Southeast Side in support of Norberto Navarro on Thursday morning when his lawyer filed a lawsuit against Will County saying the county violated Navarro’s civil rights when he was detained for two months last year.


At the rally, Navarro’s lawyer Nicole Hallett, the director of the immigrant rights clinic at the University of Chicago, said, “We hope that this lawsuit will send a clear message to Will County and every other county in the state that they won’t get away with flagrantly violating the law.”

Hallett said she took the case pro bono after hearing from the United Workers’ Center that Navarro was in custody. The group’s senior organizer, Linda Brito, said the center’s community is why Navarro is no longer in custody.

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