Fried Frank successfully defended, on a pro bono basis, the rights of individual holders of the Elm City Resident Card in proceedings before the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission. The Elm City Resident Card is a municipal identification program implemented to increase public safety and access to local services in New Haven, Connecticut. All New Haven residents are eligible to apply for the Card regardless of their immigration status. Opponents of the identification program and anti-immigrant groups sought to obtain the names, addresses and photographs of all applicants for the identification card to help militant vigilantes identify, target and "hunt down" cardholders, particularly immigrants. Fried Frank represented the Association of Cardholders of the Elm City Resident Card; Unidad Latina en Acción, a grassroots community organization; and a class of cardholders who wished to maintain the confidentiality of their personal identifying information to avoid harassment and violence. The successful defense of the identification program will have a direct impact on the implementation of similar identification programs in cities across the country, including San Francisco, New York and Miami.
The Fried Frank team included litigation partner Debra Torres (NY); litigation associates Iván Espinoza-Madrigal (NY), Jennifer Kim (NY) and Catherine Meza (NY); summer associates Kelly Karneeb (NY) and Michael Kleinman (NY); and legal assistants Rebekah Saidman-Krauss (NY) and Ross Spier (NY).