The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of New Hampshire, and the ACLU of Massachusetts have joined a class-action lawsuit to halt the immediate deportation of a group of Indonesian nationals residing in New Hampshire, most of whom have lived in the United States for more than a decade and now face imminent removal to Indonesia where they are in grave danger of persecution, torture, or death due to their faith. The lawsuit was brought by Nixon Peabody LLP. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.
On November 27, 2017, the Court concluded that it had jurisdiction to hear the claims of these Indonesian nationals.  The opinion is here.  On February 1, 2018, the Court issued a preliminary injunction halting the deportation of these individuals.  The opinion is here.


Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, Sydney Pritchett, W. Daniel Deane, and Nathan P. Warecki of Nixon Peabody, LLP; Lee Gelernt of the ACLU; Adriana Lafaille of the ACLU of Massachusetts; and Gilles Bissonnette of ACLU-NH

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Nixon Peabody LLP

Date filed

September 25, 2017


U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts


Patti B. Saris



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