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A program intended to compensate people who were stopped or held by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in violation of an immigration-related court order is accepting applications.
The victim-compensation program stems from a long-running racial-profiling case under ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reign. It applies to those who were stopped or held by MCSO between Dec. 23, 2011, and May 24, 2013.
Payouts will begin at $500 and vary depending how long the person was detained.
The compensation program was created after a federal judge found MCSO had violated an order not to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally unless they were also suspected of a state crime.
Applications can be submitted until Dec. 1, 2018. Information about the program is available in English and Spanish online and by phone at 844-500-6327.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and attorney association Los Abogados also will hold an application clinic for individuals who believe they might be eligible for compensation.
Attendees can speak to an attorney and fill out an application Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 1407 N. Second St., in Phoenix.
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