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New Report via @CardozoLaw Recommends Assigned Counsel for Immigrants

November 29, 2012

via Lindsay Nash, Clinical Litigation Fellow/Liman Fellow, Immigration Justice Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

I wanted to share a new report, which was released [yesterday], that proposes the creation of an assigned counsel pilot program for detained immigrants facing removal in New York.

The report, which grows out of the Study Group on Immigrant Representation, launched by Judge Robert A. Katzmann (2d Cir.), is the blueprint for creating the nation’s first institutionally-provided, universal-representation system of counsel for immigrants in deportation proceedings.

Here is a link to the report.

Here is a link to a story about the report in [yesterday’s] New York Times: Plan Would Provide Help to Contest Deportation Cases

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  1. rose kline permalink
    November 30, 2012 10:30 pm

    This is a great idea. When I visited Stewart Detention Center and I attended my boyfriend’s hearings I was amazed at the amount of people that did not have a lawyer. Well of course money is a problem but so many are involuntarily departed within days. I counted the number of cases each day and I counted the number of those with representation..there were close to a hundred cases with only maybe eight people being represented. One of the biggest problems was the location of Stewart in Lumpkin GA..it is in the middle of nowhere. Lawyers have to travel from Atlanta..by car…3 hours or more….this adds at least $1,000 for a trip to Lumpkin.

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