Munger Tolles and ACLU Fight to End Involuntary Sedation of Immigrant Detainees

Attorneys from Munger, Tolles & Olson, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, assisted two foreign nationals detained and forcibly sedated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in obtaining monetary compensation for their mistreatment. Amadou Diouf of Senegal received $50,000 and Raymond Soeoth of Indonesia received $5000 and permission to stay in the U.S. for two years.

Past practice by the ICE consisted of administering anti-psychotic drugs to detainees they felt would be a danger to others, often without a court order and regardless of whether there actually was a history of mental illness. After the ACLU filed an earlier lawsuit, U.S. immigration officials revised their policy so that detainees would not be involuntarily sedated without a court order. This current settlement provides monetary reparations for the mistreatment suffered by Diouf and Soeoth. Their case against the government was dropped.