Heightened Risk for Immigrants in Interactions with Police in Las Vegas

Friday, May 29, 2020

In view of protests against police violence, we have issued a public warning that it is especially important for immigrants, especially those who are undocumented, to avoid being arrested in Las Vegas. 

Both the Clark County Detention Center and the Las Vegas City Jail — the two main jails in Las Vegas — regularly turn Las Vegas area residents over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This has occurred after minor misdemeanor arrests, even where the person had no prior record. This has occurred even in cases where the prosecutor later decided to drop charges. Even an unjustified arrest that is cleared up later may lead some immigrants to be turned over to ICE.

We stand with the African American community of our city and state against racism and in favor of building a diverse community where all of us are respected and valued as equals.

Though our resources are limited, people facing deportation or detained by ICE may contact us for free legal advice. Please understand that the Clinic can only assist a small number of clients, and we are not always able to answer all inquiries. Our phone number is 702-895-2080.

We also are aware of the serious mental health strain facing many community members today. Free, short-term counseling is available from The Practice at UNLV. To access their services, all 702-895-1532 or the.practice@unlv.edu.