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Abuse/Neglect Cases - Children's Attorneys Project

Case Number: 2021-032072 (Pending Placement)

A 15-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, and a 4-year-old girl came into DFS care on October 20, 2021 because of reports that the adults in the home were smoking out of a pipe and have a history of illicit drug abuse. Both parents admitted to using methamphetamine. The father of the 15-year-old has also been violent with her. These minor 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 10/19/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-031423 (Pending Placement)

A 5-year-old girl was brought into DFS care on or about October 5, 2021 because of allegations of bruises/cuts and physical risk to her by her father. One or both of the parents cannot control their behavior and lack parenting knowledge, skills, and the motivation to care for the little girl. The child may also have an unaddressed developmental delay. Both parents avoid parenting and basic care as they will leave the child in the care of others. The mother leaves little girl in the care of others while she uses drugs. As a result, she 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 10/05/2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Case Number: 2021-033202

A 6-year-old girl came into DFS care on October 27, 2021 because the child was at risk of physical harm by an adult sibling. The little girl was living with the adult sibling after her maternal grandmother/adopted mother had a stroke and is in the hospital. The adult sibling stopped giving her medication and hits her with a stick. The child is now at Child Haven. At this time, this girl 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/8/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-032295

Two boys, a 12-year-old and a 5-year-old, came into DFS care on or about October 21, 2021 after a reported incident of domestic violence in their presence. Their mother was unable to articulate a plan to avoid further violence or to acknowledge that the domestic violence endangered the children. The 12-year-old’s father indicates he cannot make the necessary arrangements to care for the children. The 5-year-old’s father arrested for the incident, although he has since been released from jail. Their mother and the 5-year-old’s father have mental health issues that require attention. 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 Hearing on 6/7/2022 at 11:00 am; Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/11/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-035626

A 7-year-old, 2-year-old, and a 6-month-old came to the attention of DFS on or about October 14, 2021 with an older sibling. They were taken into care after a report that the stepfather sexually abused the oldest sibling while under his care. The incident occurred while the mother was in the hospital giving birth to the youngest sibling. All parties have been interviewed and it was decided to be in the best interest of the children to be removed until an in-home case plan was in place. An in-home present danger plan was implemented with the mother and the stepfather agreed to leave the home and have no contact with the children. The oldest sibling already has representation. At this time, the three younger siblings 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/19/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-035247

After their newborn sibling was born exposed to multiple drugs, an 8-year-old, 7-year-old, and 6-year-old came into DFS care on or about November 25, 2021. DFS performed follow-up checks with the family and found that the parents lack protective capacities. Their mother claims her drug use began as a result of breaking her foot and said she became addicted to medications. The father of the newborn is in denial of the mother’s drug use and does not acknowledge a problem. The father of the three children seeking representation is incarcerated and unable to care for them. 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 11/22/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-036217

A newborn baby girl was born exposed to multiple drugs and came into DFS care on or about November 25, 2021. DFS performed follow-up checks with the family and found that the parents lack protective capacities. Their mother claims her drug use began as a result of breaking her foot and said she became addicted to medications. The father of the newborn is in denial of the mother’s drug use and does not acknowledge a problem. As a result, she 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 11/22/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-037048

In February 2021, an 11-year-old boy was removed from his home because of concerns his mother physically abused him and his sibling. There were also concerns the mother and her boyfriend were violent with each other in his presence. His mother and mother’s boyfriend allegedly consume alcohol to excess and his mother has mental health issues. Both his mother and the boyfriend have prior DFS cases. His 15-year-old sister was also removed and has different wishes so needs her own attorney. He is currently living with his paternal grandmother and would like to remain with her. As a result, this child 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 6/7/2022 at 2:30 pm and Review Hearing on 07/05/2022 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-037046

In February 2021, a 15-year-old girl was removed from her home because of concerns her mother physically abused her and her siblings. There were also concerns the mother and her boyfriend were violent with each other in their presence. Her mother and mother’s boyfriend allegedly drink alcohol to excess and her mother has mental health issues. Both her mother and the boyfriend have prior DFS cases. Her 11-year-old brother was also removed and has different wishes so needs his own attorney. This 15-year-old would like to be reunited with her mom and she 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 6/7/2022 at 2:30 pm and Review Hearing on 07/05/2022 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-035535

A 16-year-old was taken into DFS care after a Protective Custody Hearing on 10/21/2021 because both parents tested positive for drugs and were determined unsafe. The judge ordered a pick up for the teenager and she was located with her father and showed signs of drug use. Her father reported that she had run away with her mother and had just come into his care shortly before she was located with her father. There was no in-home safety plan because of drug use and domestic violence, therefore she was placed at Child Haven. She is now staying with fictive kin. At this time, this teenager is 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/12/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-002299

Two young siblings came into care in January 2022 because their mother got into a physical altercation with her friend in their presence and was arrested. The 11-month-old and the two-year-old were placed with a relative. There was a previous incident where the 2-year-old child was observed running into a busy street without supervision and stopped by a passerby. 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, including educational services, are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 8/9/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-002920

Two children, an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old, came into DFS care in February 2022 after the police were called to a business and observed the children and their mother in a dumpster behind a business. The children did not have shoes or jackets on and the mother showed signs of mental illness, including taking to herself. The two children are 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): Calendar Call on 7/6/2022 at 10:15 am; Adjudicatory Trial on 7/18/2022 at 9:45 am; and Review Hearing on 7/27/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-034826 (Urgent)

A group of siblings, ages 16, 14, 11, and 3, came into DFS care after reports of physical abuse and neglect akin to torture. The 16-year-old has her own case, therefore this case is for the younger three children. In April 2020, the police responded to a report of a minor tied up in the backyard of the home in 90 degree weather. Based on photos and videos taken by the neighbors and the mother’s own admission, the 11-year-old had been tied up in the backyard for an estimated 2 hours and was only untied because the paternal grandmother came to the home and untied her. She also had bruising on her thigh and wrist that the 11-year-old and the 14-year-old reported was from her parents beating her with a PVC pipe. They explained they were often required to do lunges or kneel in sharp gravel because the mother believes they are stealing food or eating without permission. Further investigation revealed the parents were withholding food from the children. The mother was arrested for felony child abuse and child endangerment and the father refused to return to the family home and cooperate at the time. These three children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services, including educational services, are in place. Next Hearing(s): Evidentiary Hearing for Mother on 6/2/2022 at 1:30 pm; Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/11/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-003970 (Urgent)

A 16-year-old, 15-year-old, 7-year-old, 4-year-old, and 3-year-old came into DFS care in February 2022 after the 7-year-old called 911 because there was a physical altercation between the parents including a hand gun. DFS has reportedly been working with the family for years and, despite numerous interventions, domestic violence and drug issues remain, as well as concerns about firearms in the home. As a result, these five 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 7/5/2022 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-004091 (Pending Placement)

A 10-month-old baby boy is in DFS care because his mother has a history of substance abuse and mental health conditions that impair her ability to care for him and his siblings. A warrant was authorized to place the baby in protective custody but the mother was not cooperative so a direct file petition was filed on 2/16/22. He has six older siblings with their own attorneys who were taken into care in May 2020. The family has significant history with the Department that indicates the mother is diminished in her protective capacity. The baby boy is currently living with the mother’s sister in California. 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): Review Hearing on 8/17/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-004300 (Pending Placement)

A newborn baby boy was born drug-exposed in February 2022 and went into DFS care. The mother admits to substance use although she is reportedly receiving treatment. The mother relinquished her rights to two older children and they are pending adoption by a relative. The relative is unwilling to take placement of the baby. The father of the baby is unknown. There is a fictive kin who is willing to take placement of the baby when he is released from the hospital. As a result, this baby boy needs 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 8/24/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-003888

A newborn baby was born substance-exposed and went into DFS care on February 14, 2022. His mother used Heroin and Methamphetamine during her pregnancy. His father is unable to care for him as he is currently in the Las Vegas Detention Center on unrelated charges. Because of the substance use and incarceration, his mother and father cannot provide adequate supervision and there is a physical risk of harm to the baby. The mother is living with the paternal grandparents and an in-home safety plan has been established in the paternal grandparents’ home so the newborn is also there. At this time, the newborn baby boy 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 8/9/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-003868

A newborn baby boy went into DFS care after a report that his mother forgets to feed him and, when she does breast feed him, it is only after being told to do so. She also reportedly smokes a large amount of marijuana and feeds him, despite being advised not to breast feed him after smoking marijuana. The baby appeared to be lethargic and was admitted to the hospital last week. The medical staff concluded he was not being fed enough. His mother is not listening and is also co-sleeping with the baby despite her substance use. The mother reportedly had a history of drug use during pregnancy and does not have stable housing as she is being kicked out of where she is currently staying. There are concerns she will flee with the baby and he will die. As a result, he is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights, ensure the appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 8/10/2022 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-004205

A 1.5-year-old girl came into DFS care on 1/30/2022 after her parents used methamphetamine for a week straight and the father threatened the mother with a hammer. The father showed signs of substance use during the interview with a DFS specialist. There are concerns the parents are not able to control their behaviors related to domestic violence and substance use. The child was placed with the maternal grandmother and the parents are allowed to visit the child at the grandmother’s home as desired. At this time, this 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): Review Hearing on 8/16/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-035429

A 9-year-old girl was reportedly sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend and therefore she and her two siblings, ages 11 and 6, came into DFS care in December 2021. After the alleged incident, there was an altercation between the mother and the boyfriend. The child reports that he has touched her and tried to kiss her on multiple occasions and she told her mom about it. The mother knows about the molestation but continues to allow the boyfriend to have regular unsupervised contact with the children in their home. The children stayed with their maternal grandmother temporarily then moved to their father’s home. These three 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 5/25/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-004529

A 10-month-old came into DFS care on 2/8/2022 after his parents had an argument and the mother left with the child. The father called law enforcement because he was concerned the mother would leave the child on the streets. There are also concerns the mother and her brother do drugs together. There’s a history of domestic violence between the parents. At this time, this baby boy 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 8/3/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-004984

Because of their mother’s history of substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness, seven children came into DFS care in March 2022. This case is specifically for the 7.5-year-old, 4-year-old, 2.5-year-old, and 1-year-old. The remaining three siblings have different desires and therefore are not part of this case. All of the kids, with the exception of the youngest, were previously removed and reunified with their mother. The mother is current in treatment at Westcare. The 2.5-year-old and 1-year-old are in foster care. The 4-year-old is placed with a fictive kin. The 7.5-year-old is placed in a different foster home. The 7.5-year-old wants to reunify with the mother, but is also open to going with his father if that is an option. The 7.5-and 4-year-old are on one court case and the younger two kids are on another. 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): Status Check on 08/16/2022 at 11:00 am; Permanency Planning Hearin on 10/25/2022 a 2:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-005016

Because of their mother’s history of substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness, seven children came into DFS care in March 2022. This case is specifically to only the oldest, a 13-year-old girl. The remaining six siblings have different desires and therefore are not part of this case. All of the kids, with the exception of the youngest, were previously removed and reunified with their mother. The mother is current in treatment at Westcare. She is currently in a foster home. Unlike her siblings, this client is very opposed to reunification with her mother at this time. There are two court cases for this sibling group and this teenager is on one with the four other older siblings. At this time, she 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):  Status Check on 08/16/2022 at 11:00 am; Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/25/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-004457

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on February 24, 2022 after her mother gave birth to her and both the mother and baby tested positive for marijuana. It is not clear yet if she is also on other drugs and there are concerns about her ability to care for the baby.  The mother may not have stable housing but reportedly was trying to find housing through HELP of Southern Nevada. She reports she is not in contact with the father of the newborn but has his contact information. The mother has older children who are not in her care and an open case with DFS because of concerns of domestic violence and drug use, but this case is only for the newborn baby. This baby girl needs 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): Disposition on 6/6/2022 at 11:00 am; Review Hearing on 8/9/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 4.

Case Number: 2022-006201 (Urgent)

A 12-year-old boy was physically abused by his father and came into DFS care in September 2021. He has four other siblings who have separate cases. The father coerced the other children to lie about the violence. In addition, there are allegations he sexually abused the two girls in the family as well and physical abuse of another one of the boys. The father was charged criminally with child abuse for his actions and the criminal trial is pending. This 12-year-old is set to be a witness at that criminal trial in April and needs to be prepared for the experience, although he already successfully testified for the pretrial hearing. The kids have been with their paternal grandmother and aunt since removal, and she has been in their lives trying to protect them for as long as they’ve been alive. She is committed to keeping them forever and is working to address their trauma through therapeutic services. This child recently got assigned a new therapist. This child does not want to be reunified with his father but may be willing to do therapeutic visits. As a result, she needs 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 on 9/20/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12; Criminal Trial on 9/26/22 at 9 am in Department 20.

Case Number: 2022-006219

After their 12-year-old brother was physically abused by their father, a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old girl came into DFS care. There are allegations he also sexually abused these two girls in the family. The forensic interview substantiated the sexual abuse allegations against these two girls, although the police investigation is still ongoing. They have three brothers who have separate cases. The father coerced these two children to lie about the violence against the 12-year-old boy. In addition, there are allegations he physically abused another one of the boys. The father was charged criminally with child abuse for his actions against the 12-year-old and the criminal trial is pending. The kids have been with their paternal grandmother and aunt since removal, and she has been in their lives trying to protect them for as long as they’ve been alive. She is committed to keeping them forever and is working to address their trauma through therapeutic services. These children recently got assigned new therapists. They do not want to be reunified with his father and do not want to see their father anymore. As a result,  they need 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 on 9/20/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-006221

After their 12-year-old brother was physically abused by their father, a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy came into DFS care. There are allegations the father also sexually abused two girls in the family. They have three older siblings who have separate cases. The father coerced these two children to lie about the violence against the 12-year-old boy. In addition, there are allegations he physically abused the 5-year-old boy. The father was charged criminally with child abuse for his actions against the 12-year-old and the criminal trial is pending. The forensic interview substantiated the sexual abuse allegations against the two girls, although the police investigation is still ongoing. The kids have been with their paternal grandmother and aunt since removal, and the grandmother has been in their lives trying to protect them for as long as they’ve been alive. She is committed to keeping them forever and is working to address their trauma through therapeutic services. These children recently got assigned new therapists. They want to be reunified with his father and they want to visit with him. Therapeutic visits are the only approved type of visit at this time and only when deemed okay by the kids’ therapists. As a result,  they need 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 on 9/20/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-004949

A 1-year-old girl presented to the emergency room with burns all over her butt and genital area on or about March 3, 2022 and, as a result, was taken into DFS care.  The doctors believe the child was placed in hot water and attempted to curl up. Neither Mother, nor maternal aunt who has temporary guardianship, had any explanation for the burns. Both the mother and aunt blame each other, therefore it is unclear who had the baby girl at the time of the burns. There is a criminal case pending and there is a case before the guardianship court that is expected to be dismissed now that the child is in DFS care. 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):  Disposition Hearing on 6/15/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-004921

After the father demonstrated rough physical behavior with his 2-year-old son at a mental health appointment, the toddler came into DFS care. The mother reported that father is abusive towards herself and the little boy. Both mother and father have mental health issues and do not consistently take their medications. As a result, this toddler 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: Review Hearing on 8/31/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 9. 

Case Number: 2022-005170

A newborn boy was born drug-exposed in Orange County, CA in January 2022. Clark County now has jurisdiction after a UCCJEA conference on 2/15/22. The mother was aggressive toward the newborn and refused to bond with the baby in the hospital. Both the mother and putative father also refused drug tests. The mother has unresolved drug abuse issues. The maternal grandmother was at the hospital and appeared to try to bond with the baby, but has made no subsequent attempts to be a placement for the baby. The baby was released to a foster home. There are concerns about the mother’s mental health and ability to care for the baby, substantiated by the fact that she has another child with an report of neglect/abuse in the home. At this time, this new baby is 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 5/31/2022 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-005408

Because of allegations the father sexually molested the 15-year-old sister, a 10-month-old girl is in DFS care. This case is for the 10-month-old only. The mother was informed of the molestation but she is in disbelief and allows the father to continue to reside in the home. As a result, she has failed to put any safety measures into place to protect this child. She consented to allowing the 1-year-old and her sister live with their maternal aunt and the aunt and uncle are willing to be a placement for them. The mother visits the children daily at the aunt’s home. At this time, the subject minor is 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 Hearing on 6/8/2022 at 10:15 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 6/27/2022 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-006113

A 9-year-old girl and an 8-month-old sister came into DFS care on March 21, 2022 due to ongoing domestic violence between their mother and the 8-month-old’s father. It appears DFS has been trying to work with mom for a while, implementing a present danger plan involving maternal uncle, but mother seems intent to continue the abusive relationship and allow the youngest child’s father around the children despite the ongoing violence. 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 9/22/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-006547

An 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy came into DFS care on 1/24/2022 in response to allegations their stepfather sexually molested their older sister. Their mother admits to knowing about the molestation but has not acted to protect the children from further harm. She continues to allow the stepfather to have contact with the children. She explains she is scared of the stepfather and does not have a way to financially support herself and the children without him. At this time, the 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. Next Hearing(s): Calendar Call on 7/7/2022 at 9:45 am; Adjudicatory Trial on 7/18/2022 at 1:30 pm; Review Hearing on 7/21/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-006488

A 10-year-old girl, a 9-year-old girl, and a 3-year-old boy, came to into DFS care on 11/9/2021 in response to allegations the mother’s ex-boyfriend sexually molested the 9-year-old in 2018 and her current boyfriend kicks and hits the 3-year-old boy. The 10-year-old fears what the current boyfriend will do to the 3-year-old that she told the investigator she feels she has to stay home from school to ensure her 3-year-old brother is not hurt. She has missed over 35 days of school this year. The mother fails to protect the children from this harm and continuously allows the 10-year-old to miss school and care for her younger siblings. This is the fourth report DFS has received since the family has resided in Nevada. During the course of this investigation of the sexual molestation report, another report of sexual molestation was received. DFS Specialist has made several attempts to contact the mother and, when they were able to contact her, she was vague and gave inaccurate information. Specialist has been able to make contact with several persons that corroborated the allegations. At this time, these three children 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):  Disposition Hearing on 6/1/22 at 1:30 pm; Calendar Call at 10:15 am; Adjudicatory Trial on 7/15/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-007021

A newborn girl came into DFS care in March 2022 because of the mother’s ongoing mental health and substance abuse issues and her history of not cooperating with DFS. A hospital alert was placed as natural mom has other children in protective custody and are not in her care. Two males have been identified as the possible father for this baby. The baby is at Child Haven pending placement with foster parent. At this time, the 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 8/15/2022 at 10:00 am and Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/31/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-006084

A 1-year-old girl came into DFS care on or about March 22, 2022 after she was recovered from a tent where she was living with her parents on the streets of Las Vegas. They were homeless and her parents reportedly use drugs and alcohol daily. In addition, her mother has mental health issues that have not been addressed. Her mother was arrested at the time of removal after trying to bite a law enforcement officer and banging her legs and body against the patrol car. The father attempted to run with the child to avoid the removal. There is also a history of domestic violence between the parents and with others in their previous home in the presence of the little girl. The father also has a criminal history involving violent crime. 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): Disposition Hearing on 6/9/2022 at 1:00 pm and Review Hearing on 9/8/2022 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-005691

A 3-year-old with special needs and cerebral palsy came into DFS care with cuts and bruises all over her on or about 3/14/22 after father allegedly caused an explosion in the family home. The explosion occurred while he was manufacturing butane hash/honey oil in the bedroom he shares with his daughter. It was powerful enough to crack the walls of the room. Her father has a significant substance abuse history and was arrested after the explosion. The 3-year-old is currently placed with her paternal grandparents who are reported to have been the primary caregivers for most of her life. Her mother is incarcerated at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Facility and was there at the time of the incident. Her mother is in regular contact with the grandparents and expresses interest in being part of her life. 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 6/20/2022 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-006507 (Pending Placement)

Because they were homeless and their parents used drugs, two 8-year-old twin girls, their 7-year-old brother, and their 8-month-old sister came into DFS care on or about 3/26/22. There was an active warrant authorizing DFS to remove these four children in an ongoing case involving a sibling who is currently a CAP client. The current CAP sibling does not wish to be reunited with his parents, while it is reported that these four children currently want to be reunified, therefore they have a separate case. 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 7/27/2022 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-006030

The mother of a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old left them alone, supposedly supervised by their 10-year-old sibling, for hours with no way to contact her in case of emergency. As a result, the three children came into DFS care on or about March 19, 2022. The mother has mental health issues and a history of drug use so severe that she has been hospitalized. She has demonstrated poor judgment and leaves the children unsupervised. She sometimes leaves the children with other people without making proper care arrangements and then disappears for weeks. She was arrested for leaving the children with the 10-year-old and is released now. 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): Disposition Hearing on 06/14/2022 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2022-007027

Two girls, a 4-years-old and 1-year-old, were living with their parents and their 1.5-year-old cousin. On 3/25/22, the 1.5-year-old presented to the emergency room after becoming lethargic and unresponsive. He had bruises on his forehead and lower back as well. His aunt told investigators he had fallen in the shower a day before. He was diagnosed with a blood clot in his brain and the doctors found he had a healing rib fracture and two fingers were broken. Investigators determined these injuries were not consistent with the described fall or other explanations. He was admitted to the PICU. As a result, all three children were removed from the home. The two girls are staying with their paternal aunt and uncle. The 1.5-year-old has a separate case, so these 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): Calendar Call 6/8/2022 at 3:30 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 7/1/2022 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 9. 

Case Number: 2022-007250

A newborn baby girl was born exposed to multiple drugs and came into DFS care in March 2022. The mother has ongoing substance abuse issues and the father has been identified but is not on the birth certificate nor has paternity been established. Three other children have been removed from mom’s care. At this time, she 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 9/15/2022 at 4:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-007032

A 5-year-old and a 1-year-old are in DFS care after a neighbor reported the 1-year-old was unsupervised outside the home multiple times. The first time, the toddler was outside for 10-15 minutes before his older sibling found him out of the house and took him back in. The 1-year-old was out of the house two additional times. In response, the neighbor entered into the  home and tried to wake up their mother but it took several attempts before she responded. After the third time, the neighbors called the police. The mother explained to the police that her children were asleep so she took advantage and tried to get rest while they were sleeping. She admitted to smoking marijuana and later admitted to doing illegal drugs on a weekly basis. At this time, the 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. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 6/2/2022 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-007030

As the result of a domestic violence incident between the parents, a 9-year-old and a 5-year-old went into DFS care. The mother was hospitalized as a result and the father fled the scene. There is a history of domestic violence between the parents, including an incident in which the father stabbed the mother in front of the children. The children reported their parents always fight and have physical altercations. They told DFS their mom is always talking about leaving their father but she is afraid of him. 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 Hearing on 6/7/2022 at 10:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 6/30/2022 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2021-035919 (Urgent)

An 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy were left living with their father in August 2021 after their mother went to Guatemala and was unable to return to the United States. They were then removed from the home after a report he allegedly sexually abused their 13-year-old stepsister in the spring/summer of 2021 while their stepmother was in the hospital giving birth. As a result, it was unsafe for the children to remain in his care. He also has a history of domestic violence with their stepmother in their presence. At this time, the subject minors 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/19/22 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-007944 (Pending Placement)

A 9-month-old baby girl came into DFS care in April 2022 because of concerns her mother was mentally unstable and unable to provide adequate care for the child. The maternal grandparents were given temporary custody of the child in November 2021 through a notarized letter signed by the mother, but she got mad and tried to take the baby. She threatened to remove the child from the grandparent’s home and move into her new boyfriend’s home. The baby’s father consents to the baby remaining with the maternal grandparents. The mother struggles with substance abuse and has overdosed twice this year, although she asserts she does not use drugs regularly. She has a history of mental health issues. The child was taken to Child Haven awaiting Foster Care placement. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 6/7/2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-006960

An 11-year-old girl came into DFS care in April 2022 because of allegations she was sexually molested by her putative father. She reported the sexual abuse was ongoing since she was 4 years old and the most recent incident was only days before she came into care. Her mother left her when she was 4 years old and DFS  located her in a homeless shelter in California. She has a history of drug abuse and homelessness that prevents her from properly caring for her daughter.  The girl was pending placement with fictive kin. At this time, this pre-teen 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 to prevent further trauma. Next Hearing(s): Next hearing Plea Hearing on 6/1/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-007850

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on 3/18/2022 after her mother tested positive for multiple drugs and admitted to use in the days prior to the baby’s birth. The newborn also tested positive. She has a history of drug use. She also has two other children whom she relinquished her rights to on 2/15/2022 after they were removed in October 2019 because of her drug use and because one child had unexplained bruising on her face. At this time, this newborn baby 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): Disposition Hearing on 6/8/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 9.

 

 

Case Number: 2021-000298 (Urgent)

A 15-year-old boy came into DFS care on December 31, 2020 due to an ongoing history of domestic violence between him, his mother, and his sibling. He was taken to Human Behavior Institute (HBI) but was later discharged because there was no psychiatric need for hospitalization. His mother refused to pick him up because she feared he would either kill her and his siblings or would harm himself. When he was returned home, she had him transported back to HBI with the same outcome. He has expressed anxiety about going home, stating that he would kill his mother and/or harm himself. Family relatives have reportedly refused to take custody of the minor child. As a result, he 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 6/8/22 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2019-003501 (Urgent)

A 14-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister came into DFS care in May 2019 when their legal guardian and maternal grandmother kicked them out of her home. She is no longer willing to care for the children and their natural parents’ location is currently unknown. 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 11/1/22 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-006536

A 2-year-old boy came into DFS care on or about 3/24/2022 because his teenage parents got into multiple domestic violence incidents between 3/22/22 – 3/24/22. The child was present for the incidents. In one incident, the father hit the 17-year-old mother in the head with a firearm, requiring her to get stitches. The mother is now at Child Haven and the child is also at Child Haven. This 2-year-old needs 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 8/25/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2022-008187

Three siblings, a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 1-year-old, are in DFS care because of a domestic violence incident between the mother and the father of the youngest two children that occurred in early May 2022. The mother was arrested. At the time of the arrest, the home was deplorable and the children were dirty and had a foul odor. There is a history of domestic violence between the mother and father of the youngest two children, but the adults do not acknowledge the problem. The children are currently staying at Child Haven. The three 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): Disposition Hearing on 6/14/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-008557

A 5-year-old came into DFS care after her guardian, the maternal aunt, struck the maternal grandfather for intervening in a physical altercation between her and the child’s mother. The aunt had temporary guardianship but it was terminated and she was arrested for the incident. Another child was also at the home and removed after the incident. The father took placement of the 5-year-old. As a result, she 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): Trial on 6/27/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14. 

Afghan Asylum Project

Case Number: 2022-005271

A meteorologist at the Kabul Airport evacuated Afghanistan and came to the United States on September 3, 2021. He is seeking assistance with an asylum application and a TPS application. He worked for Kabul Airport for over 10 years and reported that, after the Taliban took over Kabul, he feared for his life because the Taliban was kidnapping and skilling all the people who worked for the government. He reported his work friends warned him not to go back to work because the Taliban were already arresting his coworkers. His coworkers were tortured and he believed his life was in great danger if he stayed in Afghanistan, so he had to evacuate. He was forced to leave his wife and 4 minor children in Afghanistan and would like to bring them to the United States to be with him. If he returns to Afghanistan, he believes the Taliban would find him and kill him as revenge for his support and work for the previous government. He has a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which will expire on October 13, 2023. This client is in need of an attorney to assess his case and represent him through the asylum process, submit a TPS application, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. Applicant speaks Farsi and understands some English, therefore an interpreter is available upon request through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Project. Asylum Request Deadline: September 3, 2022. 

Case Number: 2022-005190

Mohammad, his wife, and minor son came to the United States on August 31, 2021 from Afghanistan and are seeking assistance with an asylum request and TPS applications. When they lived in Afghanistan, he was a member of the KPF Military Forces as a border protection soldier. He worked for that organization for one year. It was a dangerous job as he reports he was protecting Afghanistan from dangerous people. In his role, he arrested many Taliban Members. As a result, after the Taliban took over, he feared for his life and the lives of his family members. He explained he could not even let his child go outside the house or go to school because he feared the Taliban would kidnap him. He did not report any specific threats or harassment by any groups while in Afghanistan but he is afraid of future persecution if he returned to Afghanistan. The family members have Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) that expire September 22, 2023. This family is currently staying at Nevada State College and prefer to communicate via phone as they have transportation issues. This client and family are in need of an attorney to assess their case and represent them through the asylum process, submit TPS applications for each family member, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. He speaks Pashto and an interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter upon request. Asylum request deadline: August 31, 2022.

Case Number: 2022-005796 (Pending Placement)

Aisha and her 2-year-old daughter came to the U.S. from Afghanistan on 9/1/2021 to escape the Taliban. She is an attorney and was employed by the government to represent women survivors of domestic violence in Afghanistan. When the Taliban took over, women were prohibited from working in the domestic violence unit and the Taliban forced her to close the unit. Prior to the take over, she was shot at while driving in the car with her husband and they believe the Taliban were behind the incident. She also received many written threats from the Taliban telling her to stop working in the domestic violence unit. She also received threats from the domestic violence perpetrators. She did not report anything to the police because she did not believe anything would be done. Applicant left Afghanistan because she feared she would be killed as a result of her job. Her husband wasn’t able to enter the airport and leave with her and her daughter so he is still in Afghanistan. Both she and her daughter have valid Employment Authorization Documents. This client is in need of an attorney to assess her case and submit an asylum request, TPS applications for her and her daughter, and do anything else the attorney deems appropriate. She is a Dari speaker and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Case Number: 2022-006073

Ghulam, a former interpreter for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, fled Afghanistan and was paroled into the U.S. on December 27, 2021.  He also worked with a company that build military bases for the Afghan National Security Forces for 6 years. During his employment there, he worked as security guard and project supervisor. Once the Taliban took over, he feared for his safety due to his connection with the U.S. military. He feels he will be targeted and killed for that reason. He has a valid employment authorization document. He also has a pending Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) from August 21, 2021. This client is in need of an attorney to assess his case and represent him through the asylum process, submit a TPS application, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. Applicant speaks English. Asylum Request Deadline: December 27, 2022.

Case Number: 2022-006147

Abdul fled Afghanistan and was paroled into the U.S. on 11/6/2021. He was a member of the Afghanistan military for eleven years and worked as an operations manager with the military for the most recent four years prior to fleeing. In this role, controlled incoming and outgoing flights and reported his data to the U.S. government. When the Taliban took over, he feared the Taliban would target him because he assisted the U.S. government and he knew he needed to leave Afghanistan. As he predicted, the Taliban came looking for him at his home and his family told them he was in Turkey. Applicant fears he will be killed if he returns to Afghanistan. Applicant has a wife and minor children in Afghanistan that he would like to bring to the U.S. Applicant hasn’t received his employment authorization document and may need assistance obtaining it. This client is in need of an attorney to assist in changing his address with USCIS to obtain his employment authorization document, assess his case and represent him through the asylum process, submit a TPS application, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. He speaks Dari and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: November 6, 2022.

Case Number: 2022-006813

Ahmad, his wife, and three minor children fled Afghanistan and were paroled into the U.S. on 8/30/2021. When he was in Afghanistan, he worked for the U.S. government as a security guard at the Department of State annex unit in Kabul. His documentation indicates he also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from 2008 until the date he left Afghanistan. Now that the Taliban are in control, he fears that his work with the U.S. government makes him a target for the Taliban. He also submitted an application for Chief of Mission (COM) approval for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) petition on December 18, 2021. They have valid employment authorization documents. This client and family are in need of an attorney to assess their case and represent them through the asylum process, submit TPS applications for each family member, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. The applicant is a Pashto speaker and the best way to contact him is via phone with an interpreter. A volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Case Number: 2022-006647

Mohammad worked for the U.S. Military at the Department of State Annex in the anti-terrorism unit as a Special Forces Soldier for approximately four years, until the Taliban took over. He and his wife fled Afghanistan and were paroled into the U.S. on 9/1/2021 because they feared they would be targeted by the Taliban because of his work with the U.S. military. They have valid employment authorization documents. He submitted a petition for Chief of Mission for the Special Immigrant Visa on November 6, 2021 and it is currently pending. This client is in need of an attorney to assess his case and represent him through the asylum process, submit a TPS application, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. Applicant speaks Dari and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: September 1, 2022. 

Case Number: 2022-007146

After the Taliban took over, Mohammad, his wife, and 3 children fled Afghanistan and were paroled into the U.S. on 08/30/2021. He was a school teacher for approximately 30 years in Afghanistan and encouraged all children, including girls, to attend school. He promoted education for girls and took his daughter to school, which is contrary to Taliban law. Because of his support for education for girls and his position teaching girls, he is afraid he will harmed by the Taliban. He is also afraid the Taliban would force his daughter to marry at a young age if they had to return. They all have valid employment authorization documents. This client and family are in need of an attorney to assess their case and submit an asylum request, TPS applications for each family member, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. He speaks Dari and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Appeals

Case Number: 2022-008659

Appellants contracted with respondent for a series of home renovations and the work was secured with a mechanic’s lien. The parties’ relationship broke down after a disagreement with the installation of a bathtub and appellants kicked respondent off of the site. Respondent filed a lien on the property and sought payment for the finished work. Appellants filed a complaint with the State Contractor’s Board. The Board found there was no violation by respondent and, after appellants failed to make payments, respondent filed claims for foreclosure of mechanic’s lien, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, quasi-contract/implied contract, unjust enrichment, and attorney fees. The district court found in favor of respondent and appellants appeal that decision in the Nevada Supreme Court. Appellants are seeking representation through the Nevada Appellate Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-007115

A former client of a personal injury law firm filed a professional negligence claim against the firm. The district court dismissed the complaint, without leave to amend. The court concluded that Appellant’s complaint was time barred by the statute of limitations and that she failed to provide sufficient evidence or law to demonstrate why the statute of limitations did not apply to her case. She appealed this decision in the Nevada Supreme Court and is seeking assistance through the Nevada Appellate Pro Bono Program.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2021-032352

Client, a homeowner in Las Vegas, alleges he is a victim of a property scam and lost title of his property as a result. In 2021, the opposing party knocked on the his door and promised assistance with a government grant to help the client catch up on his past-due mortgage. The client did not sign any written agreement. The opposing party set up an inspection supposedly to ensure the client’s property qualified for the government grant. After the inspection, the client decided to resolve the issue on his own and reached out to his mortgage servicer. The mortgage servicer put the client’s loan forbearance, fixing his outstanding mortgage issue. He also resolved HOA debt he had accumulated by working out a payment plan with the HOA. In October 2021, the client learned the opposing party recorded a deed removing the client as owner. The notary on the deed is from Illinois; the client has never been to Illinois, and the deed is a fake. The client filed a police report and a complaint with the Attorney General immediately. The opposing party sold the property to another person who also filed a complaint with the police and attorney general. The client needs an attorney to assist with a quiet title action and seek recovery from the opposing party.

Case Number: 2022-004890

Manuel’s parents reportedly orally agreed to buy him a house because he had bad credit, but he agreed to make all the payments and the house would eventually be transferred to him. His dad passed away and his mother signed a quitclaim deed giving the home to him, but the notary was not an authorized notary and cannot be located. Now, his mom is 97 years old and his siblings are allegedly trying to convince her to take the home back. She filed a quiet title action and he filed an answer but needs to amend it to assert any applicable counterclaims. He needs an attorney to assist him with this matter.

 

Case Number: 2022-007266

Mark purchased a 2003 Hummer for $13,000 and made his monthly payments on the 20th of every month until February 2022. When he purchased the vehicle, he understood the price to be $9500, which was the price of the vehicle the dealership advertised online. It was not until he had signed the contract that he noticed the price had changed to $13,000. He argued with the salesman and then eventually paid a down payment and financed the rest. In February 2022, he had three more payments left and he could not make that month’s payment, so he contacted the dealership. He made the payment for February on March 9, 2022 with the late fee included. He then missed the March payment due date. The vehicle was repossessed on April 7, 2022 before he could make any additional payments. He called the dealership and informed them he was only 2 weeks late but they just told him he owed $3293.67 and sent him a letter with the breakdown. He also asked to retrieve his belongings from the vehicle and the dealership would not allow him to unless he paid the $3293.67. The contract for the vehicle purchase was in the car, so he has requested a copy of it via email. At this time, he would like an attorney to assist with a law suit for deceptive trade practice, illegal repossession, TILA violations, breach of contract, and anything else the attorney deems applicable.

Criminal Record Sealing/Warrants

Case Number: 2022-008157

Dawn, a 63-year-old woman, is having difficulty obtaining a job because of a couple misdemeanor drug convictions in Las Vegas Justice Court from the 1990s and other DA denied or dismissed charges. She has not been arrested or convicted of anything since 2000 and has complied with all sentencing requirements for her old convictions. She is seeking assistance sealing her criminal record in Clark County, Nevada.

Case Number: 2022-003913

Marcelle is having difficulty finding a job because of his criminal record. He has multiple dismissed charges, a 2003 conviction for Burglary, and two misdemeanor possession of drugs convictions from 1991. He has not been arrested since 2001 and has completed all the requirements of his sentences. As a result, he would like to move on from his past and is seeking assistance from an attorney to get his criminal record sealed in Clark County, Nevada.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2022-001632 (Pending Placement)

Nona, a 63-year-old woman, needs an attorney to assist her in obtaining a divorce from her husband. They have been separated since 1996 and she has not had any contact with him since then. There are no minor children and no community debts or assets. She does not know where he is, therefore service may have to be by publication. There is no pending case in the District Court.

Case Number: 2022-006776

Gregory is a disabled veteran seeking assistance with a divorce. He is seeking joint primary custody of his 12-year-old daughter and spousal support. Currently, the parties have a verbal agreement regarding custody in which he has his daughter from Sunday to Thursday and the opposing party has her on Friday and Saturday. There are no domestic violence or child protective service issues and the opposing party has requested the divorce. Community property includes two cars, both parties’ retirement accounts, the opposing party’s life insurance, and his checking and savings accounts. Community debt includes medical debt. Parties are residents of Las Vegas. No criminal history. At this time, he needs an attorney to assist him through the divorce process and ensure his interests and rights are protected. Next Hearing(s): The court ordered mediation on the custody issue – Return Hearing on 6/14/22 at 11 am; Case Management Conference on 6/14/2022 at 11 am.

Case Number: 2022-001046

While in a coma due to severe complications from a surgical procedure, Janae was served a custody complaint in October 2021 requesting temporary sole legal and primary custody of her 8-year-old child due to her hospitalization. She was in the hospital for 104 days and was discharged on January 1, 2022. The child’s maternal grandmother obtained temporary guardianship of the child during the hospitalization and it was extended to 2/5/2022 in order for the mother to fully recover and be fully able to care for the child. The court entered a default judgment in the custody case in November 2021, but then the custody case was stayed pending the conclusion of the guardianship case of the child. During the time this client was in a relationship with the opposing party, the opposing party was emotionally and physically abusive to her. He used isolation, intimidation, coercion, and threats to control her. Now, the child lives with the client on weekdays and spends every other week with his dad. The client would like sole legal and primary custody of her son with supervised visitations every other weekend. and she is seeking a pro bono attorney to assist her in this matter. Next Hearing(s): No hearing scheduled at this time. 

Case Number: 2022-005656

Maria would like to divorce her husband and have sole physical and legal custody of their daughter. They separated in 2010 and, in 2012, the opposing party was convicted and sentenced to 210 months in federal prison in California for drug trafficking. She would like assistance obtaining a divorce and custody of her daughter so she can ensure she is able to make decisions for her daughter and best support her.

 

Federal Pro Bono Program

Case Number: 2021-032330 (Urgent)

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 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: 2022-000035 (Pending Placement)

An inmate alleges he was denied ADA accommodations based on having Kimura Disease at Southern Desert Correctional Facility in August 2018. Kimura’s Disease is a rare, non-cancerous, chronic disorder causing swelling of the tissues under the skin of the head or neck. He was declared a Tier 5 medically restricted inmate but allegedly was not offered ADA full protections or accommodations. As a result, he filed a civil rights complaint against the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) and multiple NDOC staff in their individual capacity, claiming ADA violations and 8th Amendment violations. Some of his claims from his Second Amended Complaint were dismissed but the Title II ADA claims against the State and NDOC and his 8th Amendment claims against multiple people in their individual capacities remain pending. He has the Court’s permission to file a third amended complaint after pro bono counsel appears on his behalf. The inmate is seeking assistance through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-002855 (Pending Placement)

An inmate suffering from PTSD and mental illness is suing multiple NDOC employees and medical staff for civil rights violations. He filed multiple grievances while at High Desert Correctional Facility in 2017 and alleges NDOC employees and medical staff retaliated against him by slamming his head into a gate, threatening to cut off his penis with scissors if he files more grievances, and threatening to write him up so many times he would never leave the “hole”. He was allegedly put in solitary confinement for minor issues for 28 days with no mental stimulation despite his known history of mental illness and suicide attempts. During that time, his mental conditions worsened and he alleges NDOC refused him mental health treatment. He suffered a mental health crisis and attempted suicide during that time. As a result, he filed a 1983 law suit asserting first amendment violations, sexual harassment, and deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. The sexual harassment claim was dismissed with prejudice. In addition, he alleges violations of the 14th Amendment due process because he claims the NDOC staff actively interfered with his ability to participate in his legal meetings by not allowing him to bring his legal documents into the meeting with his attorney or removing his shackles for the meetings. He would like representation in this matter through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Hearings(s): Calendar Call on 5/31/2022 at 9:00 AM in LV Courtroom 6C; Jury Trial on 6/6/2022 at 9:00 AM in LV Courtroom 6C.

Case Number: 2022-005710

Richard, an inmate at Indian Springs, suffered severe and persistent symptoms of dehydration and fainting after a “man down” emergency summons in Clark County Detention Center in April 2017. He was given an IV to fight dehydration and after medical staff failed to flush, clean, and remove the IV in a timely fashion as ordered by the physician, he developed an infection. As a result, his arm swelled and he developed a severe internal staph infection, which resulted in persistent open wounds and significant suffering. He filed a civil rights law suit against Naphcare, Inc. and medical staff and is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-006513

Since April 10, 2017, Harold has been housed at Southern Desert Correctional Center in cells that do not have fire sprinklers or smoke detectors. He has filed grievances about the issue, but his grievances have been denied. Prison officials are aware the individual cells do not have fire sprinklers or smoke detectors. Prison officials have told him the prison was built prior to building codes requiring sprinklers and that the current building code does not require sprinklers be installed until the next remodeling or addition to the building. He claims that, if a fire breaks out, there would be no way to extinguish the fire and he would burn. Based on these allegations, he claims that the Defendants have violated his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and is seeking an attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program to assist him with his civil rights lawsuit.

Case Number: 2022-006492

David, an inmate at High Desert State Prison, alleges he has suffered multiple heart attacks due to the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) and NDOC medical staff failing to provide the medical care and prescriptions necessary to prevent the heart attacks. In January 2018, he experienced his first heart attack.  He alleges that, despite his condition, he had to walk out of his cell and down the stairs because the responding medical team had no gurney and the strain of this caused him to collapse. He states he did not receive CPR from the medical staff when he collapsed until another officer came to the scene. Multiple prison officials stood by without performing CPR or other life saving measures. He had to be transported to Centennial Hills Hospital where he underwent surgery. He was prescribed specific medications and cardiac therapy and discharged back to the prison hospital. He alleges the officers transporting him did not take the required medication back to the prison despite knowing he needed it. When he asked for the medication from the prison physician upon returning to the prison hospital, he was told they had to order it and it would take a few days to get the medication. He did not receive medication until three days after leaving Centennial Hills Hospital and he had to return to that hospital to address chest pain he experienced. He was again advised to take the medication as prescribed to avoid another heart attack. He alleges medical staff did not give him his medication consistently over the next year and this caused multiple preventable incidents of heart failure. He alleges they failed to adequately respond when he had another incident of chest pain and shortness of breath ten months after the first incident, and he experienced another heart attack in 2019 and had to have another surgery. He filed multiple grievances because of the lack of medication and for the failure to respond to his medical complaints, and then he filed a 1983 claim alleging U.S. Constitution 8th Amendment violations and Nevada Constitutional violations. He is in need of an attorney to assist him with his case through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-007376

Sally, an inmate at Southern Desert Correctional Center, alleges deliberate indifference to his hypertension and pre-diabetes in violation of the 8th Amendment, which caused deterioration of his eye health and vision. He claims he requested medical care in June 2017 and multiple times after, but was not seen by a physician until September 2018. At that time, his condition was poor and he had to change medications. He filed a civil rights law suit against Nevada Department of Corrections employees as a result. At this time, he is in need of an attorney to assist him through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Guardianship

Case Number: 2022-003508 (Urgent)

The mother of an 18-year-old boy with severe Autism is seeking guardianship of him. The mother is represented by an attorney. At the Citation Hearing in February 2022, the boy’s sister was appointed temporary guardian. As a result, this man is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights as a proposed protected person. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 7/6/22 in Department B.

Case Number: 2022-007300

Chloe, an 18-year-old who struggles with depression and suicidal ideations, is the proposed protected person in a guardianship and is seeking assistance in the matter. Her mother is the petitioner and is seeking to be the guardian. There is no physician’s certificate attached and no real description of why she needs a guardian in the petition. There are medical records attached which show that the 18-year-old attempted suicide in 2020 and was diagnosed with depression. She began seeing a therapist and it was noted that she was considering transitioning. Next Hearing(s): Citation Hearing on 4/28/22 at 2:00 pm in Department B.

Case Number: 2022-006980

The paternal grandmother of Xavier, a 2-year-old boy, is seeking guardianship of him and he needs representation to ensure his legal rights and desires are expressed as the proposed protected person. She alleges that both parents are absent, homeless, do drugs, and are unemployed. The father has signed a consent. She also alleges the child is on the autism spectrum. On April 7, the court issued an Order requesting a background investigation of petitioner and production of CPS records, if any exist. Next Hearing(s): Citation Hearing 5/10/22 at 11:00 am in Department B.

Case Number: 2022-002149

A 14-year-old, Alejandra, is seeking representation in guardianship proceedings that stem from a guardianship granted in 2017 and then terminated in 2018. In 2017, the guardian filed a petition for guardianship over the 14-year-old and two of her siblings. The guardian also happens to be the mother and requested to be guardian of the estate of the three children after their father died. The children were parties to probate matter, which was opened by their mother in order “to accept and create blocked accounts on behalf of the the children upon receiving settlement”. The probate estate consisted of a vehicle and “unliquidated proceeds … from a pending wrongful death action.” The father was in custody at Clark County Detention Center at the time of his death. At the time, they were in settlement negotiations. In a minute order from January 2018, the court noted that an order was entered in the probate matter referencing a settlement agreement but that the guardianship court had not been provided any information about it or the creation of a blocked account. Two subsequent status checks were cancelled and then, in September 2018, the court terminated the guardianship due to failure to file the accounting. Even though the case was terminated and the letters revoked, the court ordered the statewide guardianship investigator to investigate the case. The order was a general one and didn’t refer to the alleged settlement agreement. In December 2018, counsel for the guardian appeared at a hearing and advised that he had requested the settlement agreement from the attorney in the civil matter but hadn’t received a response yet. Then the guardian stated that each child had received $15,000 and the funds were placed in a blocked account. The guardian filed an accounting in January 2022. The guardian also filed a petition to assume jurisdiction of the trust that had been created by settlement agreement and an inventory. The trustee of the trust was another child of the father from another marriage. Subsequent to this petition, the court issued an order to show cause, appointed counsel for the children and appointed a GAL. The other two siblings are now adults. The court was concerned that there were distributions made without court approval or knowledge. The court also appointed an investigator to look into the funds. Next Hearing(s):  Status Check on 7/26/2022 at 9 am in Department B.

Case Number: 2022-007372

The mother of Vanessa, a 19-year-old with chronic respiratory failure and cerebral palsy, has filed a petition for guardianship of her. She requires a g-tube for hydration, medication, and nutrition, and a trach for ventilator support. This is the second petition as the first one was dismissed due to failure to serve those entitled to service. This current petition omits some of her siblings who would be entitled to service. A Physician’s Certificate has been filed. At this time, Vanessa is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and rights as a proposed protected person. Next Hearing(s): Citation Hearing on 5/19/22 at 2:00 pm in Department B.

Case Number: 2022-007364

After a serious car accident that left Joshua, a 19-year-old man, with a brain injury, his sister is petitioning for temporary guardianship over him. He is currently at UMC. The sister is represented by counsel. The petition notes that the guardian will file a lawsuit stemming from the accident. There is a Physician’s Certificate on file. This man is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights as a proposed protected person. Next Hearing(s): Citation Hearing on 5/26/22 at 10:30 am in Department B.

Spanish/Non-English Speaking

Case Number: 2022-005271

A meteorologist at the Kabul Airport evacuated Afghanistan and came to the United States on September 3, 2021. He is seeking assistance with an asylum application and a TPS application. He worked for Kabul Airport for over 10 years and reported that, after the Taliban took over Kabul, he feared for his life because the Taliban was kidnapping and skilling all the people who worked for the government. He reported his work friends warned him not to go back to work because the Taliban were already arresting his coworkers. His coworkers were tortured and he believed his life was in great danger if he stayed in Afghanistan, so he had to evacuate. He was forced to leave his wife and 4 minor children in Afghanistan and would like to bring them to the United States to be with him. If he returns to Afghanistan, he believes the Taliban would find him and kill him as revenge for his support and work for the previous government. He has a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which will expire on October 13, 2023. This client is in need of an attorney to assess his case and represent him through the asylum process, submit a TPS application, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. Applicant speaks Farsi and understands some English, therefore an interpreter is available upon request through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Project. Asylum Request Deadline: September 3, 2022. 

Case Number: 2022-005190

Mohammad, his wife, and minor son came to the United States on August 31, 2021 from Afghanistan and are seeking assistance with an asylum request and TPS applications. When they lived in Afghanistan, he was a member of the KPF Military Forces as a border protection soldier. He worked for that organization for one year. It was a dangerous job as he reports he was protecting Afghanistan from dangerous people. In his role, he arrested many Taliban Members. As a result, after the Taliban took over, he feared for his life and the lives of his family members. He explained he could not even let his child go outside the house or go to school because he feared the Taliban would kidnap him. He did not report any specific threats or harassment by any groups while in Afghanistan but he is afraid of future persecution if he returned to Afghanistan. The family members have Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) that expire September 22, 2023. This family is currently staying at Nevada State College and prefer to communicate via phone as they have transportation issues. This client and family are in need of an attorney to assess their case and represent them through the asylum process, submit TPS applications for each family member, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. He speaks Pashto and an interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter upon request. Asylum request deadline: August 31, 2022.

Case Number: 2022-005796 (Pending Placement)

Aisha and her 2-year-old daughter came to the U.S. from Afghanistan on 9/1/2021 to escape the Taliban. She is an attorney and was employed by the government to represent women survivors of domestic violence in Afghanistan. When the Taliban took over, women were prohibited from working in the domestic violence unit and the Taliban forced her to close the unit. Prior to the take over, she was shot at while driving in the car with her husband and they believe the Taliban were behind the incident. She also received many written threats from the Taliban telling her to stop working in the domestic violence unit. She also received threats from the domestic violence perpetrators. She did not report anything to the police because she did not believe anything would be done. Applicant left Afghanistan because she feared she would be killed as a result of her job. Her husband wasn’t able to enter the airport and leave with her and her daughter so he is still in Afghanistan. Both she and her daughter have valid Employment Authorization Documents. This client is in need of an attorney to assess her case and submit an asylum request, TPS applications for her and her daughter, and do anything else the attorney deems appropriate. She is a Dari speaker and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Case Number: 2022-006647

Mohammad worked for the U.S. Military at the Department of State Annex in the anti-terrorism unit as a Special Forces Soldier for approximately four years, until the Taliban took over. He and his wife fled Afghanistan and were paroled into the U.S. on 9/1/2021 because they feared they would be targeted by the Taliban because of his work with the U.S. military. They have valid employment authorization documents. He submitted a petition for Chief of Mission for the Special Immigrant Visa on November 6, 2021 and it is currently pending. This client is in need of an attorney to assess his case and represent him through the asylum process, submit a TPS application, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. Applicant speaks Dari and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: September 1, 2022. 

Case Number: 2022-007146

After the Taliban took over, Mohammad, his wife, and 3 children fled Afghanistan and were paroled into the U.S. on 08/30/2021. He was a school teacher for approximately 30 years in Afghanistan and encouraged all children, including girls, to attend school. He promoted education for girls and took his daughter to school, which is contrary to Taliban law. Because of his support for education for girls and his position teaching girls, he is afraid he will harmed by the Taliban. He is also afraid the Taliban would force his daughter to marry at a young age if they had to return. They all have valid employment authorization documents. This client and family are in need of an attorney to assess their case and submit an asylum request, TPS applications for each family member, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. He speaks Dari and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Project upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: August 30, 2022.