He was an Army veteran and a naturalized U.S. citizen. But he was held in detention for more than seven months. Now he has received $400,000 in a settlement.
You can read about Rennison Vern Castillo’s case here. Undoubtedly he was released in part through the efforts of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Unfortunately, people who are detained are not entitled to government-provided counsel, may not be able to obtain legal assistance on their own and often are not even able to contact others for help. Typically their relatives and friends don’t even know where they are being detained.