Migrant Justice is a Vermont organization dedicated to building the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engaging community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights.
Since April 2016, several leaders of Migrant Justice have been arrested by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol. The location and timing of the arrests, comments made by the officers, and other actions by the agencies involved led Migrant Justice to suspect that the arrests were retaliatory, improperly targeting members of Migrant Justice for their activism and exercise of free speech.
Migrant Justice submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to learn more about the arrests, but the government agencies involved failed to produce any documents. The ACLU of Vermont, joined by the National Immigration Law Center and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, filed suit to compel the release of the documents and will continue to fight for the free speech rights of immigrants in Vermont.