Legal Orientation – A Lifeline from @humanrights1st
By Annie Sovcik
Refugee Protection Program
Too often, asylum seekers who come to the United States are stuck in jails or jail-like facilities without knowing their rights or understanding U.S. immigration procedures. To address this problem, the Department of Justice established the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), which has received bi-partisan praise for providing information to immigrants in detention. The program also coordinates pro bono legal counsel.
The LOP, a lifeline for asylum seekers, helps people fleeing from religious, political, ethnic, and other forms of persecution: torture survivors, victims of gender-based violence, and other people who need safe haven in the United States.