Keker, Van Nest & Peters and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights filed a lawsuit Thursday in California Northern District Court against the United States government over intentional infliction of emotional destress and other tort claims. The suit, filed on behalf of three families seeking asylum in the U.S., contend that the U.S. intentionally traumatized them by separating the parents from their children and using the separation to coerce the plaintiffs into abandoning their claims for asylum and accepting deportation. Counsel have not yet appeared for the defendant. The case is 3:21-cv-04457, P.G. et al. v. United States of America.

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