New York State to provide counsel for all detained immigrants facing deportation

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08/01/2017, Legislation, Immigration

In a groundbreaking step, New York will be providing counsel to all detained immigrants facing removal.  From the press release:


The Vera Institute of Justice and partner organizations today announced that detained New Yorkers in all upstate immigration courts will now be eligible to receive legal counsel during deportation proceedings. The 2018 New York State budget included a grant of $4 million to significantly expand the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), a groundbreaking public defense program for immigrants facing deportation that was launched in New York City in 2013.


On August 1, the City Council and Mayor came to an agreement as to funding for the project at the City level.


We’ve got a webpage all about the NYIFUP (which has increased immigration defense success rates from 3 percent to 31 percent), and you can read more about this new expansion at Vera’s website and the Human Rights at Home Blog.  

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