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: 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: 2021-034826 (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: 2022-003508 (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: 2022-003970 (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: 2022-006201 (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: 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: 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.