Urban Justice Center and Pro Bono Counsel Settle Detainee's Suit in 9/11 Sweep

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

  • Urban Justice Center

Community Development Project part of legal team that achieves landmark settlement in prisoner abuse case involving arbitrary detention of immigrant Muslim men

In a settlement announced today, the United States government has, for the first time, settled claims arising from the brutal abuse and mistreatment of Arab and South Asian Muslim men who were held in Federal detention in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Abuse of detainees at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and abroad, at Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo Bay, has been widely documented, but this is the first reported cash settlement related to such mistreatment.

The plantiff involved in the settlement, Ehab Elmaghraby is represented by the Urban Justice Center; Koob & Magoolaghan, a civil rights law firm specializing in prisoners' rights litigation; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Please read the article, p. A1, for the New York Times report about the settlement.