New York State Becomes First in the Nation to Provide Lawyers for All Immigrants Detained and Facing Deportation


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 ...


Gaining Momentum

The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project expands to the Ulster Immigration Court

Unlike in the criminal justice system, people in deportation proceedings do not have the right to counsel to assist in their legal defense. As of November 2015, however, 40 New Yorkers confronted with deportation proceedings at the Ulster Immigration Court in Napanoch, New York will no longer have to face a judge on their own. With funding from the ...

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  • Grace Paras
    Grace Paras
  • Marina Caeiro
    Marina Caeiro
December 07, 2015
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New York Immigrant Family Unity Project lays groundwork for constitutional victory

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit established that an immigrant is constitutionally entitled to a bond hearing within six months of being detained and must be released on bond unless the government provides compelling evidence that he or she is a flight risk or danger to the community. This important dec ...

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  • Bettina Rodriguez  Schlegel
    Bettina Rodriguez Schlegel
December 28, 2015
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