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Abuse/Neglect Cases - Children's Attorneys Project

Case Number: 2021-025377 (Urgent)

This 9-year-old boy and his two younger sisters, ages 7 and 3, came into care in May 2020 after their younger sister was born substance exposed. The family has significant history with the Department that indicates the mother is diminished in her protective capacity. She has given birth to three substance exposed babies. The 9-year-old son in particular shows indications of being exposed to sexual abuse, which the mother denies and refuses to set healthy boundaries. He has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/31/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-000505 (Pending Placement)

A 7-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy, and 3-year-old boy were removed from their parents in July 2019 after a domestic violence incident in which the parents were arrested. They came into care with their old siblings. These three siblings are placed with their maternal grandmother. The parents have since had another child who is also with them now. The parents have substance abuse issues and there is a history of domestic violence between them. At the review hearing on 1/4/22, DFS asked the Court to change the permanency goal to termination of parental rights (TPR) for these children. The younger siblings have different goals although TPR was requested for them too. The judge granted the request and TPR is now the goal for all children except for the baby. These four children need an attorney to advocate for their desire to represent their wish to be reunified with their parents and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 01/03/2023 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-009671

A 7-year-old and a 3-year-old came into DFS care in June 2022 as a result of a police report of a suspicious vehicle. The police discovered the 3-year-old and mother inside and it seemed the family was living in the vehicle. The mother appeared to be under the influence and gave inaccurate information. She was arrested for outstanding warrants. The father fled the scene and refused to return. The 7-year-old was with a relative at the time the police found the family, but the relative was not qualified to keep the kids, so they were taken to Child Haven. At this time, these young children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 12/07/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-008525

A 10-year-old, 8-year-old, 7-year-old, and 5-year-old came into DFS care on May 7, 2022 because of their mother’s drug use and abandonment and their father maltreating and abusing them. Their mother’s extensive history of drug use involving methamphetamine and heroin compromises her ability to care for them. She has not had contact with the children and has not provided financial or other support to the children in about 2.5 years. She is homeless with her boyfriend. Their father subjected the children to terrorizing, degrading, painful, and emotionally traumatic behavior and they are afraid to reside in the home with him. On one occasion, he has threatened to kill everyone in the home. As a result, these children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check (DFS Assessment Regarding Possible Placement) on 12/13/2022 at 10:00 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/22/2023 at 1:30 p.m. pm in Courtroom 10.  

Case Number: 2022-010092

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on or about 6/8/2022 because both parents were incarcerated pending charges of severe child abuse. Two of her siblings also recently came into DFS care with serious and life-threatening injuries believed to have been caused by mother’s boyfriend. The boyfriend who allegedly caused the severe injuries to the other children is the father to this baby. At this time, the baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/10/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-010168

Minor girls ages 5 and 3 came into DFS custody on June 11, 2022 after mother left the minor children to be cared by her older son.  Mother is aware that son has behavioral issues, has displayed aggressive behaviors since the death of his grandmother, suffers from ADHD and has untreated mental health issues.  Older sibling left the girls alone and unsupervised.  When DFS investigator inspected the home, it was found to be in inadequate conditions.  The mother tested positive for methamphetamine on her last drug test.  Also, the parents have an extensive history of domestic violence witnessed by the children. At this time, these two sibling girls are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/8/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-011050

A 5-year-old boy and his sibling came into DFS care on June 8, 2022 due to an allegation of sexual risk against their father. Their mother went to the police station and reported concerns for her children after family members disclosed the father’s history of sexual molestation to her. The children have separate cases because they have separate wishes. The 5-year-old is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Calendar Call on 01/ 18/2023 at 10:15 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 01/30/2023 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-010334

On or about 6/7/2022, DFS received a report with allegations of physical risk to a 10-year-old boy. The mother reportedly slapped the maternal grandmother in the face and spit on her in front of the minor. The mother was arrested for the incident. The mother has substance use issues and law enforcement noted she appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the arrest. The minor was released to the maternal grandmother. At this time, this boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next Hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/23/2023 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-010062

On or about 6/7/2022, DFS received a report of physical risk to a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old by their parents. There is a history of domestic violence between the parents and allegations of physical discipline of the children by the father. The mother has TPOs against the father, although she allowed him back into the home and he was there when DFS took the kids into care. The father reportedly has schizophrenia, abuses alcohol, and uses methamphetamine. As a result, these children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/06/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-010897

A 3-year-old and a 1-year-old came into DFS care because their mother called DFS and asked that they be taken to Child Haven. She refused the offers for the children to be placed with fictive kin or a weekly with her. Previously, she reportedly faked an illness and left the children at home with no caretaker while she was transported to the hospital, then refused any offers for people to sit with the children. The children are now placed in a foster home. The 3-year-old was born substance exposed and the family had a prior DFS case as a result. The mother and father are currently homeless. As a result, these two young children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/20/22 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-010196

Three siblings, ages 11, 6, and 3, were removed from their home on or about June 10, 2022 after their mother left the home and allowed the 11-year-old, who may have developmental delays, in charge of her younger siblings. The mother has mental health issues. The mother was arrested and DFS determined the maternal grandmother an inappropriate caregiver. The family home was filthy when they removed the children. The grandmother lived with the mother and children so she is included as a party to the case because she reportedly contributed to the circumstances that led to the removal of the children. The participation of the various fathers is not yet known. At this time, the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/15/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-012002

An 8-month-old girl came into DFS care in July 2022 after their mother and her girlfriend were involved in a domestic violence incident. Initially the mother agreed to an out-of-home present danger plan with a maternal relative that transitioned into an in-home plan. She violated the in-home safety plan resulting in present danger and the need to take protective custody of the child. There is a pattern of domestic violence between the two women. Both women withheld details of the incident. The mother denies that anything physical occurred and advised that she did not have her daughter with her. She further denied violating the in-home plan. The child is placed with a relative. As a result, this little baby is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 01/25/2023 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-012520

A group of 4 siblings (2 boys and 2 girls) came into DFS care in 2019 due to allegations of abuse to 1 year old boy.  This case is specific to the two-girls ages  8 and 2 year old.  The two boys are aligned on their wishes and on a separate CAP case.  CPS became involved when the mother brought 1 year old boy t the hospital with bursn all around his feet.  DFS determined through testimony that the mother’s boyfriend caused the burns to the minor.  Several times, the mother has been involved with DFS and complied with her case plan and eventually the children are returned to her custody.  However, she continues to bring her boyfriend around the minors without any hesitation of the danger she’s placing the children in.  The girls want to reunity with their mother but not the boyfriend and believe she can keep the boyfriend away from them so they do not have to live with him.  The goal is adoption and the Judge granted a waiver of reasonable efforst for all parents in January 2022.  At this time, the two girls are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check (Mother’s Progress) on 01/25/2023 at 9:00 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/03/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 9. 

Case Number: 2021-036674

After their father struck the oldest child with an open fist, a 6-year-old and a 5-year-old came into DFS care. The father struck the 6-year-old boy near his left eye and his temple leaving a reddish bruise. He was arrested for the incident and later convicted of gross misdemeanor Child Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment and incarcerated for 6 months with 30 days credit for time served. Their mother’s whereabouts are unknown. At this time, these children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 12/13/22 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2021-028756 (Urgent)

A 13-year-old girl came into DFS care on March 3, 2020 with another child. She was living with her legal guardians because her father was found to be responsible for environmental neglect, medical neglect, and educational neglect in addition to lacking resources. He is currently unable to provide care for her due to physical or mental incapacity that requires him to live in a skilled nursing facility. The 13-year-old was then removed from the home after they reported physical and emotional abuse by the adults, including excessive punishment and physical abuse. The adults forced her and the 9-year-old to stand in a corner for between 1 day and 2 weeks, struck them on the head, pulled their hair, and choked them. There were also two foster children in the home (referred to as “the fosters”) who she stated had different rules to follow in the home. She fears the adults and is afraid of returning to their care. She was represented but the attorney is no longer available to assist. In addition, the 13-year-old has another DFS case pending with the 9-year-old against the guardians. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call on 02/21/2023 at 10:30 a.m., Adjudictory Trial on 03/10/2023 at 9:30 a.m, and Review on 03/28/2023 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-018850 (Urgent)

This 6-year-old girl was transported to the hospital with a significant head/eye injury and taken into DFS care on March 17, 2019. This child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place for her to be safe and happy. Next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 03/01/2023 at 2:00 pm

Case Number: 2021-011598

A newborn baby boy was removed from his parents due to domestic violence issues. There is a history of domestic violence in the home; the father physically abuses the mother in front of the baby and is very controlling and manipulative. The baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/14/2023 at 2:30 pm  in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-013185

In 2019, a 14-year-old girl came into care because her legal mother refused to pick her up when she was discharged from the hospital. She is now 17 years old. The legal mother has not had contact with the client since 2019. Her father has had minimal communication with the teenager and has expressed no real interest in her. Her biological mother lives in California. The teen visited her a couple times and they were in family therapy but they no longer are. She has no interest in living with her biological mother. She has an IEP, but is not attending school at this time. She is on runaway status and is now living with people she met while staying at a homeless youth center in Arizona. She will sign Voluntary Jurisdiction paperwork before she turns 18 and plans to ask to exit care when she turns 18 in November. At this time, this teen is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 11/29/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-013612

Three siblings, ages 15, 11, & 3 yrs, came into DFS care with their older brother due to their mother’s emotional instability, developmental status, or cognitive deficiency impairing her ability to care for the children. This case is specific to the 15-year-old, 11-year-old, and 3-year-old. The family has prior history with DFS because of allegations of environmental neglect and inadequate supervision. Attempts were made to locate the natural fathers and two have been located. The children have been placed together with fictive kin. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea/Disposition Hearing on 12/14/2022 at 11:00 am; Review Hearing on 1/25/2023 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-013828

In June 2022, DFS received a report alleging sexual molestation by the oldest sibling and physical violence by the mother toward the children. There are also concerns of alcohol and substance abuse. This case is specific to the 11-year-old and 3-year-old. The 11-year-old reported that the 14-year-old digitally penetrated his anus. The 3-year-old also disclosed that the 14-year-old humps her in the shower and under the covers. Also concerns of alcohol and substance abuse. When the mother was released from CCDC, she said she was having suicidal ideations so she called an ambulance and was checked into Spring Mountain Treatment Center. All the children are placed with the maternal grandmother and she the younger two siblings are sleeping separately from the 14-year-old. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/06/2022 at 3:30 p.m., in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-014678 (Pending Placement)

A 5-year-old came into DFS care on March 16, 2022 with her older sister because their father stated he was unable to care for the minors, arrange childcare, and he did not have a home. Mother is reported to be deceased. This case is specific to the 5-year-old who is living in foster care and would like to remain there. She does not want to see her dad or her grandmother. She reports her grandmother is physically abusive and she has not seen her dad very much. She is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement and visitation. Next Hearing(s): Termination of Parental Rights Hearing (TPR) on 01/03/2023 at 9:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 10.  

Case Number: 2022-014032

A 7-year-old and his siblings were removed from their home due to his mother and self-father being unable to control their behavior and engaging in domestic violence on a weekly basis in front of the kids. This case is specific to the 7-year-old boy. The 7-year-old has a different dad who may have sexually abused him previously. He also has an IEP for speech therapy. When they were taken into care, the home was very dirty and there were roaches in the 11-month-old’s diaper. All three children are placed with the paternal grandmother of the youngest two children and the siblings are to stay placed together. However, the 7-year-old recently reportedly inappropriately touched one of his younger siblings and he is no longer allowed to sleep in the same room as them. The 7-year-old needs his own separate counsel to advocate on his behalf. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/29/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-012223

Sibling girls ages 13, 11, and 10 year old came into DFS custody due to physical abuse.  Mother had custody of her own three children and legal guardianship of her niece and three nephews. One of the boy’s died as a result of abuse while in custody of mother.  Mother is facing several felony child abuse/neglect charges as a result of the physical abuse she inflicted on the minor children. These three girls need an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s):  Disposition/Further Proceedings on 12/12/2022 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-014440

Siblings, 4 year old boy and 1 year old infant came into DFS custody due to allegations of ongoing drug use by the parents, domestic violence between parents and against the children and maternal grandmother. There have been numerous calls to the police department in regards to family disturbance.  The parents lack resources, housing and income to provide for the basic needs of the children.  These children need an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 3/16/2023 at 3:30 p.m., in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-014578

1 month old baby girl came into DFS custody after both her and mother tested positive for opiates and amphetamine.  Mother admitted to the Department her drug usage while pregnant.  After birth, baby suffered from withdrawal symptoms and had to be treated while hospitalized.  Father has also reported using methamphetamine continously.  The parents lack the ability to care for the well-being of baby girl.  This young baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 02/21/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014579

Newborn baby boy came into DFS custody after both parents failed to provide proper care for baby boy’s well being.  The parents have struggled with drug use.  Mother has admitted to usage of drugs starting about three years ago.  She indicated she used drugs a couple days prior to baby’s birth.  Baby boy was affected by parent’s drug use and experienced withdrawal symptoms from prenatal drug exposure at time of birth.  Besides the parent’s on-going drug usage, they lack housing and income to provide for the basic needs of the baby.  This minor baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check Hearing (Parent’s Progress) on 01/09/2023 at 11:00 a.m., and Review Hearing on 02/21/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-014612

Baby girl came into DFS custody after both her and mother tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamines, and marijuana.  Mother admitted to using drugs and drinking alcohol while pregnant.  Father also has a history of substance abuse.  The parents lack stable housing and income to meet the basic needs of the child.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014460

Newborn girl came into DFS custody after it was found that mother has failed to provide her with the necessary care for her well-being.  Mother experiences symptoms of mental health conditions, which impair her ability to care for the minor.  She has also been involved in several incidents of domestic violence, which put the minor’s welfare at risk.  This newborn baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on 12/08/2022 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-014838

Group of siblings, 14 year old boy, 12 year old boy and 8 year old girl were removed from their father and step-mother due to allegations of father’s sexual abuse toward step-mother’s biological daughter. Father groomed his step-daughter from the time he first met her in 2019 and continuously sexually assaulted her.  Step-mother failed to protect the children as she had knowledge of the abuse and did not interfere to stop it.  These three children are placed with natural mother at this time.  The children are in need of  an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Status Check on 01/04/2023 at 10:15 a.m.; Calendar Call on 02/01/2023 at 10:15 a.m.; Adjudicatory Trial (Day 1) on 02/13/2023 at 9:45 a.m., Trial (Day 2) on 02/16/2023 at 9:45 a.m.; Trial (Day 3) on 02/17/2023 at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-015396

The minor children, 4 year old girl and 1 year old boy were removed by DFS from the mother’s house due to concerns of safety and physical risk after a shooting occurred at the home while the children were present.  There are concerns of mother’s drug use. The father to 4 year old girl resides out of state, while the father to 1 year old is incarcerated in Texas.  Minor children are currently placed with a fictive kin.  These two children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The next hearing(s):  Disposition/Plea Hearing on 12/15/2022 at 1:30 p.m., and Review Hearing on 04/12/2023 at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-014698

2 year old girl came into DFS custody after a domestic violence incident between mother and her boyfriend.  The mother was admitted into hospital due to injuries sustained during the last altercation.  Boyfriend was arrested and has an on-going criminal case.  The family has prior CPS involvement and mother was granted a TPO order against boyfriend, however, she kept allowing him to return to the home.  Natural father has not been located to be explored as possible placement option. This girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on 12/22/2022 at 11:00 a.m., and Review Hearing on 03/14/2023 at 2:30 p.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2017-006379

This 15 year old boy came into DFS custody due to abuse and neglect by the mother.  It was reported that mother left minor with a fictive kin for a time frame unknown to this person without leaving any information of her whereabouts, support or appropriate legal documents.  Mother has a history of use of illegal controlled substances and was diagnosed with mental health issues, which contributed to her lack of protective capacity of the minor.  Minor is placed in a foster home and the permanency plan on his case is adoption. This teen is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 03/14/2023 at 2:30 p.m., in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-014326

A 10-year old girl came into DFS custody after being removed along with her sister over inadequate supervision and physical risk.  Mother was arrested for Attempted Murder charges.  Mother was found to be under the influence of alcohol and in possession of cocaine at the time of her arrest.  Father’s whereabouts are unknown to DFS.   As a result, this minor girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 02/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014029

Newborn baby girl was removed from Mother’s custody after an altercation between mother and maternal grandmother.  Minor received an injury on her foot due to items being thrown around the house during the altercation. Mother was residing with maternal grandmother and was evicted after incident, leaving her with bouncing from place to place with minor.  This minor girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 01/24/2023 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014384 (Pending Placement)

Newborn baby boy came into DFS system after both him and mother tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. Mother has a long history of substance abuse and has failed to address the issue with treatment. At this time, this newborn baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 02/21/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-013558

A newborn baby girl came into DFS custody after mother tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin at the time of baby girl’s birth.  Both parents have a history of drug use and drug related arrests and convictions.  The parents are homeless and do not have the ability to provide for the basic needs of the child.  At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 02/14/2023 at 2:15 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-015556

Newborn baby boy was removed by DFS after hospital made a report. The mother and her boyfriend, who is the infant’s father, have an open case with CPS due to allegations of physical abuse towards the mother’s oldest child caused by the boyfriend.  The mother has knowledge of the ongoing abuse and has not done anything to prevent or stop it from occurring. The boyfriend was charged with Child Abuse.  Even after the allegations and ongoing criminal case,  the mother continues to provide conflicting stories as to the abuse and has not taken any steps to protect the minor children from her boyfriend. This infant is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Plea Ajdudicatory Trial on 02/16/2023 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-015430

Boy siblings ages, 1-year-old and 3 months old came into DFS custody after both parents were arrested for being fugitives from Carson City for kidnapping. Mother has also been the victim of domestic violence perpetrated by the father and continues to maintain a relationship with him and allows him to reside with the children despite the abuse caused to her and the children.   These boys are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing 03/14/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014435

Sibling group of siblings, 11 year old boy, 6 year old girl, 1 year old boy and 8 month old girl were removed due to allegations of physical risk and substance abuse.  The mother has a history of methamphetamine use, she lacks self-awareness and is in denial of her drug use.  The Mother tested positive at the time of birth of her youngest daughter and has tested positive on several occasions when tested by DFS.   The oldest children have not been enrolled in school since COVID.  The father also tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine and has a substance abuse problem.  Also, there is domestic violence allegations between the parents.   These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/23/2023 at 2:30 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-015050 (Pending Placement)

16 year old girl was removed from her parent’s custody along with her three siblings due to allegations of sexual abuse by father.  Father exhibited inappropriate sexual boundaries with this minor client.  The Father was charged and has a pending case in Las Vegas Justice Court.  The Mother lacks the capacity necessary to protect the minors from the sexual and/or emotional harm posed by father.  At this time, minor  is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call on 1/18/2023 at 1015 a.m., and Adjudicatory Trial on 2/23/2023 at 9:30 am., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-014565

Sibling group ages 12 year old, 9 year old, and newborn boy came into DFS custody due to allegations of improper care and supervision. The mother has a history of drug abuse, and she has admitted to daily use of fentanyl throughout her pregnancy with newborn baby boy.  Newborn tested positive for opiates and amphetamines at the time of birth.  The mother also lacks the safe and stable housing, income and employment to provide for the basic needs of the children.  The father is incarcerated with charges of Murder and attempt murder and is considered inappropriate to care for the children because of his arrest for crimes related to violent behaviors, creating an impending danger for the minor children. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services, including educational services, are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 02/28/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 11.  

Case Number: 2022-016201

Newborn baby girl came into DFS custody after mother was found at a gas station acting erratic and was taken to the hospital.  Both parents have history with drug use and their parental rights were terminated in early 2022 as to two other children.  The parents lack the protective capacity and do not have a safe place for this newborn.  They claimed they were residing with mother’s parents, however, the grandparents have denied it.  At this time this child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s) Disposition Hearing on 12/12/2022 at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-016658

10-year old boy came into DFS custody after being involved in an accident with his father and his father’s girlfriend.  Both his father and his girlfriend were highly intoxicated when she hit a semi-truck resulting in injuries to all passengers involved.  Natural parents reside in California, and DFS is working to find mother, who may be a non-offending parent.  At this time minor is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. The next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 12/29/2022 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-015472

Group of boy siblings ages 14, 6, and 4 years old came into DFS custody over concerns of the parent’s physical abuse of their step-siblings.  The step-siblings are the biological children of father on this case and they are the main victims on the case, however, all children were removed.  At this, these boys are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 12/7/2022 at 9:45 a.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-016660

Newborn baby girl came into the custody of DFS after being born substance exposed.  Both mother and newborn were found positive for amphetamines and opiates at the time of delivery.  The mother admitted to regular use of both substances.  The mother and named father have an older child, whose parental rights were recently terminated.  DFS has been unable to contact the parents.  Minor is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 12/20/2022 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-016508 (Pending Placement)

Newborn baby boy came into the custody of DFS due to mother’s drug history and mental health issues.  Mother originally planned on putting baby up for adoption, but changed her mind.  Mother has been engaged in residential substance abuse treatment since May of this year.  The mother has a history with DFS, an infant girl was removed from her and parental rights terminated last year.  At this time, minor is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The next hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on 01/04/2023 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-015804

17-year old boy came into the custody of the department due to abandonment by his parents. Minor was admitted into a treatment facility, at time of release, his parents could not be contacted to pick up minor.  Parents indicated they do not want minor in the home and are not willing to provide care for him.  At this time, the subject minor is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 03/21/2023 at 2:15 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-015176

Minor children ages 8, 7, and 2 year old came into DFS custody due to neglect.  The mother neglected the children by failing to provide them with proper care, supervision, shelter or other care necessary for their well-being.   The mother left the children in the care of their maternal grandparents without making any proper legal arrangements for their care.  Mother primarily resides in California with her boyfriend. Both parents have history of drug use, which compromises their ability to care for the children.  At this time, the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Calendar Call 01/17/2023 at 9:30 a.m., Adjudicatory Trial on 01/27/2023 at 9:30 a.m., and Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 2:15 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-015808

17-year old girl came into DFS due to sexual abuse allegations.  Minor described being sexually assaulted by her cousin in the family home.  The mother does not believe the assault took place and will not allow the cousin to leave the home.  An in-home plan is not considered at this time because the assailant continues living at the home.  At this time, this minor is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 12/07/2022 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-016734

4 year old girl came into DFS custody due to neglect and harm.  Minor has been present during domestic violence incidents between mother and her boyfriend.  The mother lacks capacity to protect minor and provide a safe environment.  Mother suffers from Bipolar, ADHD and other mental health conditions, which are untreated, lacking her ability to care for minor.  At this time, minor is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place to protect her from any harm. Next hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 11/30/2022 at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-015302

Group of siblings ages 8, 6, 3 and 1 year old came into DFS care after allegations of physical injury neglect and physical risk against the minor children.  The parents were involved in a physical altercation in the presence of the children.  The father sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment and the mother was later arrested.  The parents have an extensive history of domestic violence.  Minor children are placed with relatives.  At this time, these group of siblings are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 12/14/2022 at 11:00 a.m., and Adjudicatory Trial on 01/26/2023 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-014481

The family came to the attention of DFS due to allegations of physical risk neglect by mother to newborn baby boy.  Newborn is identified as being affected by parental substance use and having withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal exposure.  Mother used heroin during the duration of the pregnancy and also admitted to taking administered drugs.  The mother and the father were living together during the pregnancy, and it is also known that he was using drugs.  This infant is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2022-016312

Newborn baby boy was removed by DFS due to allegations of abuse and neglect.  At time of removal, both parents were found to be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, compromising their ability to care for minor. The parents have a history of substance abuse and extended history with DFS.  This baby is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing 12/7/2022 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-014568

9 year old boy came into DFS custody due to abandonment.  The father disclosed the mother suffers from mental health conditions that she is treating but not in a position to care for minor.  DFS has been unable to ascertain whether mother poses any risk to the safety and welfare of the child due to limited contact.  The father is pending a jury trial for physically abusing minor on November 2020.   Father grabbed minor in a choke hold, dropped him on the ground and then punched him in the head multiple times for being around children whom father did not approve.  If convicted, minor cannot be released to father unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that no physical or psychological harm to the child will result from the release.  At this time, minor is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-015221

3-month old baby girl came into DFS custody due to concerns of physical risk by the mother.  The mother is a 17-year old, former CAP client.  There are concerns of Mental Health issues and been a victim of sex trafficking. Law enforcement has been involved in multiple domestic violence incidents between the mother and the father.  Mother lacks the capacity to protect minor from being exposed to domestic violence.  At this time, this baby is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-017187

13 year old boy came into DFS care when his adoptive sister was removed due to allegations of inadequate supervision, environmental neglect, and confinement.  The police found adoptive sister locked in a bedroom with concerns as to her living conditions. Minor girl reported years of physical and emotional abuse, being locked in her bedroom with no access to food or water.  Police report that minor boy client was not subjected to the same conditions.  Minor boy reported loving his parents and not knowing anything about adoptive sibling.  The parents were arrested and minor boy was placed in a home with relatives.  At this time, this boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The next hearing(s):  Plea Hearing on 12/07/2022 at 10:30 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-014288

12 year old boy was removed by DFS due to concerns of physical risk. The father and his girlfriend have history of domestic violence.  Law enforcement has been called out to the home several times in regards to domestic violence incidents.  The father and his girlfriend lack protective capacity, they have failed to take action to protect the minor from being exposed to domestic violence.  The natural mother has abandoned minor by having no contact and failing to provide financial or other support. At this time, this minor boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The next hearing(s):  Decision on Motion on 01/04/2023 at 6:00 am; Review Hearing on 02/14/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-015180

Newborn boy came into DFS custody over concerns of substance exposure. Infant was regularly being exposed to other individuals who were using/and or possessed and/or were under the influence of illegal drugs. At the time of removal, both parents submitted to a hair and urine drug test and tested positive. Both parents have a long history of illicit substance abuse which impacts their ability to care and provide for the minor.  At this time, this minor boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:30 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-014893

2 year old boy was removed by DFS due to allegations of substance exposure.  Mother took minor to the emergency room, stating that minor had ingested a morphine pill that was laying on the ground.  Minor was admitted to the pediatric ICU at Sunrise Hospital and tested positive for opiates.  Mother admitted to DFS that she used methamphetamine and refused to be drug tested.  The father is incarcerated at High Desert State Prison due to a conviction of Trafficking Controlled Substance.   This minor boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 12/13/2022 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-017091

Group of 4 siblings, ages 15, 11, 9 and 8 year old came into DFS custody due to physical abuse to 15 year old minor girl.  Mother was recently arrested under Child Abuse charges.  She has a history of arrests related to aggressive behaviors and possession of illegal drugs, which creates an impending danger for the minor children.  The father’s to these minor children are inappropriate care providers because they both have a history of criminal arrests.  As a result, these children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 12/07/2022 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-017434

7 year old boy came into DFS custody after Mother left him under the father’s custody while she was out of town working. The father left minor unsupervised at home with THC and firearms within reach while he went and committed an armed robbery at a discount store. Subsequently, getting arrested. At this time this child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 02/07/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Afghan Asylum Project

Case Number: 2022-013800

Mansoor is a 27-year-old Afghan who fled Afghanistan in August 2021 and was paroled into the U.S. on June 6, 2022. The applicant was part of the military from 2016 until the government collapsed in 08/2021. He was working as a personal security at the president’s palace. He states that his job was very important and that is why the Taliban is looking for him, so he went into hiding. He was able to get in contact with an American woman who informed him to come to the airport. He went alone with the understanding that his family was going to follow soon after. He was taken to Abu Dhabi for 10 months, then he came to the United States. He states if he is to go back to Afghanistan, he will be killed because the Taliban is also after his family because he worked for the government. The applicants family is currently living in Afghanistan and he states that the Taliban has gone to their home asking where he is. The applicant’s family had to move out of Kabul so the Taliban could not find them. At this time, he is in need of an attorney to assist him with his Temporary Protected Status application and assist him through the Asylum process, including attending the Asylum interview. He speaks Pashto and some English. An interpreter is available upon request through the Volunteer Interpreter Program. Asylum Deadline: June 6, 2023.

Appeals

Case Number: 2022-015109

A child was brought into DFS care after him and his mother were living in a car and were involved in a car accident. The mother was hospitalized and there was no one to care for the child at the time. The mother has severe mental health concerns and is/was unwilling to get treatment or provide proof of treatment. She was deemed to be unfit because her mental health issues did not allow for her to safely parent the child. The child is currently living with friends of the mother and wants to be adopted by them. The mother had her rights terminated and is now appealing the decision. This child is in need of an attorney to represent him through the appellate process. Next hearing(s): Answering Brief due on 12/08/2022. 

Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)

Case Number: 2022-006902

Client, a 43-year-old disabled woman, is in need of attorney assistance with filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The client was involved in a car accident where she sustained a traumatic brain injury and was diagnosed with multiple mental health disorders. The client has been unable to work since this accident, as her brain injury resulted in manic episodes. These manic episodes have led her to make impulsive purchases, and accumulate credit card debt. The client is currently having her social security income garnished, and has been served with multiple lawsuits.

Federal Pro Bono Program

Case Number: 2021-030506 (Urgent)

A man has multiple injuries after he fell in the shower and hit his head while in Nevada Department of Corrections custody causing nausea, spinning feeling/vertigo, confusion, shakes/tremors, slurred speech, and equilibrium issues in May 2017. Despite the concussion-like injury and repeated requests for treatment, he alleges he was not seen for two months and only after repeated requests for a doctor’s appointment and filing an informal grievance. He was then given multiple medications that were ineffective so he was taken off the medications. He had an MRI in November 2017 but allegedly did not receive the results until a year later and the results were inconclusive. It took a year for him to be approved to see a specialist for the medical issues. He was prescribed a new medication but was allegedly denied the prescribed medication. His condition has caused additional injuries. He filed a civil rights complaint under 42 USC 1983 against NDOC. He alleged deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, a policy to callously delay or deny ordered treatment, and issues involving insufficient medial staffing at Lovelock Correctional Center. He would like representation in this matter through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-032330 (Pending Placement)

A man suffering from Hepatitis C, a curable disease, now has irreversible liver damage with incurable cirrhosis because the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) allegedly did not give him the treatment he needed to take care of the Hepatitis C. He believes NDOC failed to provide him with any “one of the many commercially available drugs” to cure his Hepatitis C despite knowing that not doing so would cause serious risk to his health. As a result, he filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment. His complaint claims “Defendants—doctors and administrators at High Desert State Prison—violated his rights through deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.” This inmate is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-033064 (Urgent)

An inmate at Southern Desert Correctional Center has been in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections for allegedly much longer than required as a result of alleged improper application of credit for time served. As a result, he filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging he did not get the proper credit for time served and has deprived him of his liberty. He needs an attorney to fight for him through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-005061 (Urgent)

Will, the plaintiff in a 1983 lawsuit, alleges mistreatment and multiple instances of excessive force used on him by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Officers as an pretrial detainee and inmate at Clark County Detention Center. In one incident, he claims he sustained serious bruising and swelling to his right arm, wrist, and hand after an officer unnecessarily tightened his cuffs and ran them up and down his arm, then tried to put his cuffed arms through the food slot in his cell. Another officer stopped the officer and medical staff had to perform an x-ray to determine the level of injury. In another incident, he alleges he was racially harassed by the nurse and deprived of his prescribed pain medication, then he was attacked and struck in his injured neck by an officer in his cell after he was put in lock down for the comments he made in response. In another incident, he was taken to the recreation yard during a “cell search shakedown”, and officers handcuffed him, swept his feet out from under him, slammed him backward onto the ground, hog-tied him, and multiple officers stood on his back. They put a taser in his mouth and pulled his boxers down to his knees, then laughed and walked away. One of the sergeants kicked him as he walked away. He reports he passed out because of the lack of oxygen and sustained leg and ankle injuries from the weight of the officers. He further alleges 8th Amendment violations due to a lack of hot water for showers for two months and a lack of heat in his cell from October 15, 2015 – December 15, 2015. They reportedly refused him extra blankets or food and he suffered health and mobility issues due to the cold temperature in his cell. He also alleges 14th Amendment Due Process violations for being kept in a max module in CCDC on multiple occasions, with no commissary or visitation privileges, without a due process hearing. During one period of 60 days in a max module, he reports he lost 70 pounds and experienced severe mental trauma because of lack of food and no access to the commissary. This individual is in need of an attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Settlement conference will be scheduled upon appointment of pro bono counsel. 

Case Number: 2022-008879

David, an inmate High Desert State Prison, alleges he developed Hepatitis C symptoms that required prompt medical attention and treatment but Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) denied such treatment due to NDOC protocol. He alleges that NDOC employees were aware of his symptoms and the need for care because he filed kites and grievances, yet they did not provide care. As a result, he filed a civil rights federal law suit alleging deliberate indifference to serious medical needs in violation of the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. At the time of filing his complaint in March 2021, he still had not received treatment. He is seeking legal representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-009158

Jeremy, an inmate at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, NV, was allegedly assaulted by known members of a prison gang. While being transported for a court hearing, the inmate requested to use the restroom while at the courthouse and was sent into a general population holding cell to use the restroom despite being in protective custody status. He was attacked by other inmates when he entered the holding cell and they allegedly smashed his head into the wall causing long-term damage to one eye that is progressively getting worse and may be permanent. As a result, he alleges prison staff did not protect him during transport despite their knowledge of his protective custody status. He filed a grievance and went through the grievance process but the grievance was denied. As a result, he filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court claiming deliberate indifference and is seeking declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and monetary damages under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and U.S.C. § 1915A. He would like an attorney to assist him in this matter through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2019-000930

Despite having multiple neurological disorders, Wayne, an inmate in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (“NDOC”), was allegedly taken off all off-formulary medications in June 2017 to reduce costs. He had tried the on-formulary medications previously but they did not help his conditions. Despite this, the prison psychiatric nurse refused to follow his treatment plan and followed the NDOC policies, which left him without various medications or with ineffective medications for months at a time. He filed multiple grievances and sent kites and letters to the Defendants. He then filed a civil rights complaints pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in two different cases alleging deliberate indifference in violation of the Eighth Amendment, which were merged in the interest of judicial economy. He had an attorney previously, but the attorney withdrew and he is seeking a new attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-009236

A 65-year-old double amputee currently incarcerated at Northern Nevada Correctional Center filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging deliberate indifference after his right leg was improperly amputated and adequate follow up care was not provided after the surgery. Lack of post-operative care included the refusal to allow him to bathe or shower and refusal to change urine-soaked clothing or medical dressings. This lack of care resulted in significant pain and suffering from onset of multiple infections. He also alleges he had a significant stroke and did not receive the proper after care. As a result, he currently suffers from facial paralysis as well as limited mobility of his arms and hands. He has difficulty performing daily activities and currently relies on other inmates to assist him in eating, bathing and dressing. Despite extreme difficulty maneuvering around the facility using a manual wheelchair, he alleges he has been denied access to a motorized one. Since other inmates are not always available to assist, he alleges he often sits in soiled clothing for long periods of time. He is seeking monetary and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 1915A and would like an attorney to represent him through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Hearing(S): Telephonic Case Management Conference on 7/11/22 at 10:00 am. 

Case Number: 2022-011343 (Pending Placement)

Kenneth, an inmate at Northern Nevada Correctional Center, suffered a series of strokes while incarcerated at Nevada Department of Corrections and alleges that he has been denied pain management and adequate follow-up care. He also alleges he smelled alcohol when he approached the doctor inside the facility and the doctor then threatened him. He filed a grievance and claimed retribution for accusations against the doctor for drinking at work. He filed a federal civil rights suit and seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief. He would like an attorney to assist him with his case through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2018-005435

An inmate at High Desert State Prison filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in 2018 against multiple defendants for treatment he allegedly endured as a pretrial detainee in Clark County Detention Center (CCDC). He was booked into CCDC on July 26, 2016 and, at the time of the booking, he needed additional mobility assistance because of a past gunshot injury to the head and arm that caused back pain, knee problems, and the use of a cane and knee braces on occasion. Initially, he was given additional assistance and the option of a wheelchair, but then the booking officer allegedly yelled at him for not moving fast enough. The officer allegedly stood between his legs and yelled at him, and he could not rise without assistance to put on his pants as ordered. He asked for assistance and the officer allegedly grabbed him by the neck in a chokehold and tried to pull him to his feet. He heard a loud pop and instant pain in his spine. He yelled and started crying and, after 5-7 seconds, the officer dropped him. He told him he did not deserve the treatment he was receiving and the officer allegedly grabbed his wrist and bent it back, then put another arm around his neck. He lost consciousness and claimed he could not breath or hear. He was eventually escorted to a holding cell but was not seen by a doctor for over a month. He had a pro bono attorney until July 2022 when the attorney had to withdraw because of a conflict. As a result, this individual is in need of an attorney to assist him through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-012139

Anthony is an inmate at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) under chronic care for injuries to his back, knees, and feet, as well as nerve issues. On January 2, 2017, he informed medical staff at HDSP of issues with his feet and sought authorization for “shoes with greater support and comfort”. They scheduled him for an evaluation. He continued to submit medical requests for supportive shoes and, eventually the doctor prescribed him specific shoes in July 2017. As of October 19, 2021, he still had not been provided the shoes despite multiple requests. While waiting to see the doctor for supportive shoes, his back spasmed in February 2017 and he states he could barely move. He requested assistance and was placed on “nurse sick call.” He sent another request two months later because the pain was still present and he was told he was on the provider’s visit list. He saw the provider two months later and the doctor prescribed medication that he alleges was a placebo and did not address the pain. After his appointment, he requested a lower bunk and tier, an extra or better mattress, and a back brace in addition to authorization for personal shoes. While waiting for approval to move to a bottom bunk, he had another back spasm and he fell while climbing to the top bunk in his cell. He sustained injuries to his shin and he was put on the provider list for this injury. He was moved to a lower bunk on September 20, 2017, but still remained in the upper tier. On October 26, 2017, he slipped and fell down the stairs while exiting the upper tier and injured his shoulder and back. He submitted a kite for medical care and did not receive a response. He submitted another kite on December 14, 2017 and he was told he would receive a check-up, but he had not been seen as of October 19, 2021. He filed multiple grievances for his shoes and lack of medical care and, on October 19, 2021, he filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against multiple defendants for the lack of medical care and deliberate indifference and seeks monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief. He would like an attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-011591

Carlos, an inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center filed a civil rights complaint seeking to obtain declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief to redress the injuries and damages suffered as a direct or proximate result of conduct of DOC employees. Plaintiff claims he was improperly designated a Sureno gang member at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) and denied an STG due process hearing regarding his improper validation. Plaintiff claims he is not affiliated with any gang and has received threats due to his denial of being a member of the Sureno gang. There was testimony at sentencing from a Las Vegas Police Officer that he was not a gang member and a ruling by the sentencing judge that he was not a gang member and thus not subject to the gang enhancement, which he shared with the case worker and institutional investigator, but he claims they did not care. He filed an informal grievance challenging the designation of gang member and denial of a due process hearing and, a week later, was placed in administrative segregation. While he was housed in administrative segregation at HDSP, he was allowed to access the yard for outdoor exercise only in a 10 x 10-foot cage for five-to-seven-hour stretches. The temperatures often exceeded 100 degrees, but the cages didn’t have any shade or water fountains. The cages also lacked urinals and toilets, and prisoners were not provided bathroom breaks. As a result, the cages were “encrusted with human feces and urine.” He was required to eat lunch in the cage. The cages were placed side-by-side, which allowed gang members to verbally harass him. He eventually declined yard time because of these conditions. He also did not have access to tier time, the gym, the library, jobs, or programs. He was permitted to shower once every three days. He was permitted only two phone calls and one hour-long, no-contact visit per week. He was permitted to spend only $50 per week in the canteen and limited to hygiene, writing, and correspondence items. He was not permitted to participate in the food and clothing package programs. He also endured 24-hour lockdowns because gang members kept threatening his life. He is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Second Amended Complaint due 10/10/22.  

Case Number: 2022-013365

Daine, an inmate at Warm Springs Correctional Center, alleges he was injured in pre-trial detention at Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) and has not received the proper medical care while in custody. He alleges he was assaulted during a pat down search in CCDC. He also asserts CCDC officers used excessive force by folding his arms behind his back and twisting his wrist toward his shoulders, then forcing him into a restraint chair and holding him by his throat while another officer tightened the straps of the chair. He alleges his wrist and thumb went numb and he suffered a wrist fracture that requires surgery he has not had yet. Because of the lack of medical care, he believes his wrist is now deformed and requires additional care. As a result, he filed a civil rights lawsuit and is in need of an attorney to assist him in this case through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due 11/22/2022. 

Case Number: 2022-013508

An inmate in Ely State Prison is a transgender female incarcerated in a male prison. She alleges she has been denied the hormone therapy prescribed by her doctor while in the prison. In addition, she alleges that, despite her requests not to be housed with a specific prisoner whom she believed would rape her, Defendants placed her in a cell with that prisoner and he raped her. She filed grievances and then a civil rights lawsuit alleging failure to protect her from prisoner violence and deliberate indifference to medical need. She is in need of an attorney to assist her in this case through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Virtual Status Conference on 11/18/2022 at 09:00 AM in Reno Courtroom 1 before Magistrate Judge Carla Baldwin.

Guardianship

Case Number: 2022-013869

In July 2021, the mother of a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy left them with her cousin and fiance. She has since disappeared and cannot be contacted and the second cousin and fiancé petitioned for guardianship of the minors. Both kids consented. They had not been enrolled in school for years when they moved in with the petitioner, but she immediately started home schooling them. The 16-year-old’s dad has not been actively involved in his care and the 14-year-old’s father is unknown. At this time, these teenagers are in need of an attorney to represent them in the guardianship proceedings to ensure their wishes and legal rights are communicated. Next Hearing(s): No Hearing at this time. Citation Hearing on 9/20/22 was vacated due to lack of service.  

Case Number: 2022-014073

The older sister of a 14-year-old boy is petitioning for guardianship of him because their mother died in July 2022 and now both their parents are deceased. She currently has temporary guardianship of him and he has consented to her being his guardian. At this time, he is in need of an attorney to represent his rights and wishes as a proposed protected person in the guardianship proceedings. Next Hearing(s): Citation Hearing on 12/13/22 at 10:30 am in Dept B (via BlueJeans).