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Ayala Files Lawsuit Against ICE, DHS, and Akima Global Services, Alleging Violations of the American With Disabilities Act at Krome Detention Center in Miami

By November 2, 2020 No Comments

On October 29, 2020, Ayala Law filed a Complaint in federal court on behalf of its client, Mr. Alejandro Mugaburu. The Complaint is filed against Akima Global Services, LLC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mr. Mugaburu’s story has been previously published and documented by news agencies, such as the Miami Herald.

The lawsuit is based on the discriminatory and abusive treatment that Ayala’s client received while in DHS and ICE custody in Krome Detention Center, as well as other detention centers throughout Florida. Mr. Mugaburu, who is handicapped and has had a lifelong diagnosis of epilepsy among other serious medical conditions, was consistently denied daily medications while at the detention centers. On one occasion while staying in Krome, he believes he suffered an epileptic seizure as a result of the lack of medication and tumbled down a flight of fourteen stairs. The accident caused him multiple critical injuries, which now bind him to a wheelchair and severely impair his mobility and daily activities.

The Complaint further addresses the other various ways in which Mr. Mugaburu was mistreated, including how he was placed in segregation units for consecutive weeks because detention facilities were ill-equipped to accommodate disabled detainees and the improper and inhumane way Mr. Mugaburu was transferred between facilities by ICE officials.

Ayala filed the lawsuit under claims of violations of the American with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and the Constitution.

For more information about our civil rights and civil litigation practice, please visit www.lawayala.com. You may also reach Attorney Eduardo A. Maura by call or text at 305-570-2208, or email at eduardo@ayalalawpa.com.

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