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Jan. 2023

Joseph Cacace quoted in Boston Globe column on border separation court ruling

Joseph M. Cacace is quoted in a column in The Boston Globe regarding a judge’s denial of the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking monetary damages for the long-term trauma and harm inflicted on children who were forcibly separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border during the Trump administration, as well as a fund for mental health care and services and ongoing monitoring of the children’s well-being.

The opinion piece by Marcela Garcia argues for the payment of reparations to the children and families impacted by forcible border separation.

The putative class action pending in federal court in Massachusetts includes children from two Guatemalan families represented by Mr. Cacace and Howard M. Cooper.

The families, who are living in Massachusetts, are frustrated because it has taken so long to hold the government accountable for its actions, Mr. Cacace told the Globe.

The federal judge in Massachusetts also denied the government’s request to transfer the case to federal court in Texas.

Mr. Cacace said the transfer request was “forum shopping” on the part of the government because its attorneys “believe they’ll get more favorable rulings there.”