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SAFE in Less than 60 Seconds

Annie Chen, program director of the SAFE Network, explains the need for representation in immigration court.

Additional photography by: Elvert Barnes, Jonathan Mcintosh, Christopher Sessums and Jim McDougall via Creative Commons.

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