On February 24, 2020, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and volunteer attorneys from the law firm Dechert LLP filed a federal habeas petition on behalf of Julio Ortega Campoverde of Allentown, who has been held in federal immigration detention in York County Prison since August 2018. In November 2019, an immigration judge issued a bond order of $10,000 for his release, without consideration of Mr. Ortega Campoverde's ability to pay.

The petition argues that, by failing to consider his limited income, the immigration judge violated Mr. Ortega Campoverde's constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law.


Vanessa Stine, Muneeba Talukder, and Witold Walczak of the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Derek J. Brader and Alejandro A. Herrera of the law firm Dechert LLP

Date filed

February 24, 2020


United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania