Hilliard & Shadowen helps safeguard the civil rights and human rights of all persons, without regard to race or nationality.

Civil Rights

Hilliard & Shadowen LLP is dedicated to pursuing the claims of victims of civil rights abuses and tackling the important constitutional issues that arise in these cases.

Recently, Hilliard & Shadowen partnered with its affiliated firm, Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP, to represent families of victims in so-called “border shooting” cases. In recent years, U.S. Border Patrol agents acting pursuant to official policy have shot and killed at least thirteen persons and have seriously injured more.

Hilliard & Shadowen proudly represents the families of Mexican citizens (one an unarmed 15-year-old) killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents. These cases have garnered international media attention and sparked a confrontation between President Calderon and the United States government.

Bowing to pressure from Congress, human rights organizations, and human rights litigants (including Hilliard & Shadowen), the U.S. Border Patrol recently announced that it has amended its use-of-force policy to prohibit treating alleged rock-throwing as per se lethal force in response to which agents could shoot to kill.

Hilliard & Shadowen continues to monitor the changed policy and to pursue compensation on behalf of the affected families. If you are a victim of discrimination or other civil rights abuses, our extensive experience in defending civil and human rights can help you secure the justice you deserve.

Open Cases


FILED: February 27, 2015

Hilliard & Shadowen represents the mother of Gerardo Lozano Rico, an unarmed 20-year-old Mexican national who was shot and killed while driving away from two border patrol agents in southern Texas.


FILED: August 26, 2014

Hilliard & Shadowen represents the family of Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza who died on September 3, 2012 on the bank of the Rio Grande River in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Mr. Arevalo was shot by US Border Patrol agents from a boat on the other side of the river. At the time of the shooting, Mr. Arevalo was barbecuing with his family.


FILED: June 17, 2013

Hilliard & Shadowen represents the family of Jesus Alfredo Yañez Reyes, an unarmed Mexican national who was shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S./Mexico border.


FILED: January 17, 2011

Hilliard & Shadowen represents the family of Sergio Hernández Guereca, an unarmed, unthreatening 15-year-old Mexican national, who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on June 7, 2010.