Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Vera Institute of Justice & Coalition for Immigrant Defense Appeal for Protections in State Budget for New York’s Most Vulnerable Immigrants

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The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project

Universal Representation for Detained Immigrants Facing Deportation in Upstate New York

In recent years, threats of arrest and detention of immigrants have soared, families have been systematically separated, and noncitizens are more vulnerable than ever to deportation. Yet immigrants facing deportation do not have the right to a public defender if they cannot afford a lawyer. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) is ...

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Coalition of Immigrant Advocates Announces New Campaign to Restore Funding for Legal Services in State Budget

Members of Broad Coalition Commit to Media, Public Education, Grassroots and Lobbying Campaign to Protect Immigrant Legal Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 30, 2020 ALBANY – The Vera Institute of Justice today announced the launch of a new campaign aimed at restoring funding in the Governor’s budget for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) and all of the deportation defense services funded under the Liberty Defense Project. The Liberty Defense Project (L ...

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January 29, 2020
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My Publicly Funded Immigration Lawyer Gave Me Hope When I Faced Fear and Despair

In detention, we had to sleep on concrete benches or the floor because there were so many of us. I was cold and so sad to be there. Sometimes they gave us a little mattress, but there were never enough of them. They give you aluminum to wrap yourself in, but it doesn’t warm you. Sometimes, you don’t sleep. I brought my son from Guatemala so that he ...

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  • Ana, a SAFE Initiative client
December 15, 2020
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