Stephen Cha-Kim and Amaris Montes Continue their Advocacy as FCI Dublin Closes

Stephen Cha-Kim (’11), Partner at Arnold & Porter, was quoted by Oakland’s KTVU discussing the surprise closure of the Federal Correctional Institute at Dublin, where a special master was appointed to oversee operations amid widespread sexual abuse with seven corrections officers now found guilty of sex crimes (“FCI Dublin Closing, Women Transferred to Prisons across U.S.,” updated Apr. 16). Stephen and Amaris Montes (’21), Director of West Coast Litigation and Advocacy at Rights Behind Bars, previously co-filed complaints and were granted a class certification on behalf of 600 women at FCI Dublin. Regarding the prison’s closure, Stephen commented, “[I]t’s a shock. . . . [W]e were not provided any kind of advance notice, which tells a lot about the approach the government has taken in keeping the welfare of the women and others who live at Dublin in mind.” Stephen raised concerns over the women’s transfer away from their families and to other prisons lacking special master oversight. He pledged, “One thing is clear, is that our case is not over. . . . You know, the government for the BOP [Bureau of Prisons] might want to ‘moot out’ the case. But we’re representing a class of individuals who have suffered a lot at the hands of Dublin staff and BOP neglect, and obviously, just getting sent to other facilities isn’t going to fix the systemic issues. Wherever they get sent, these individuals are human beings who we’ll zealously advocate for. And so we’re not just going to forget about them because they get shipped off in the middle of the night.”