New York Immigrant Family Unity Project

NY has created yet another public defender program helping immigrant families facing deportation.

Civil proceedings like immigration do not guarantee representation like criminal proceedings. For low-income immigrant families who cannot afford an attorney, it is almost impossible for them to fairly represent themselves against trained government lawyers in the more complex form of litigation of immigration law.

Since New York City has many immigrants and a strong history of them, they are pulling from already established public defender programs to fund enough representation for 1,300 detainees who qualify for “public defense.” Their pilot programs last year took on 190 cases and concluded 10 cases where the immigrant was allowed to stay in the U.S.


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