Since 2017, NYIFUP provides legal representation to every detained and unrepresented immigrant in the state of New York whose income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Representation is also provided for all detained New York City residents whose cases are heard in New Jersey.

The Vera Institute of Justice administers NYIFUP representation for detained people in immigration proceedings in upstate New York and for those who transfer from an upstate immigration court to a New York City court. Funding for Vera’s upstate NYIFUP program is provided by New York State as a part of the Liberty Defense Project.

NYIFUP began as a pilot program in New York City as a collaborative of Vera, the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the Center for Popular Democracy, Make the Road New York, and the Immigration Justice Clinic of Cardozo Law School. Representation is now provided in New York City by Brooklyn Defender Services, the Bronx Defenders, and the Legal Aid Society. For immigrants facing deportation proceedings in Batavia, Ulster, Fishkill, and Bedford Hills, representation is provided by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Erie County Bar Association and by Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. The New York Legal Assistance Group represents people who transfer from an upstate immigration court to a court in New York City.

NYS NYIFUP Budget Letter