Lessons from the Filipe Martins Case on the Challenges of the Immigration System


Arrested by order of the Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Alexandre de Moraes, Martins saw his freedom restricted based on erroneous information provided by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

This situation reveals how the immigration system can be complex and susceptible to failures and the need for specialized action. In Martins’ case, there were false records of the former advisor’s entry into the USA on December 30, 2022.

This false entry was used to claim a flight risk, keeping Martins in prison for 145 days. Martins’ lawyer, Ana Bárbara Schaffert, worked to correct the incorrect records.

Schaffert repeatedly contacted authorities, providing evidence and asking for corrections. Filipe Martins’ case gained international attention and was covered in The Wall Street Journal.

The article also had wide coverage in the national press, highlighting the importance of the topic and the impact of flaws in the immigration system on individual rights.