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We envision a future where no immigrant will be forced to face immigration court alone. Our programs are a first step towards the long-term goal of providing universal representation to all immigrants facing deportation.

A basic principle of our legal system in the United States is that everyone is entitled to due process of law and a meaningful opportunity to be heard. Unfortunately, our immigration legal system routinely fails to live up to these basic standards. Access to an attorney for all immigrants involved in deportation proceedings is the first step that we have to take to ensure fairness in U.S. immigration courts.

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The right to due process is basic to our democracy, ensuring equal access to justice. Immigrants in the United States without documents face differing and complex systems of law. Because deportation proceedings are considered civil, not criminal in nature, no right to appointed counsel exists.

ImmDef recently has advocated with California elected officials to encourage the creation of a publicly-funded program to provide appointed counsel for indigent immigrants facing deportation. These advocacy efforts have grown following the 2016 presidential election as we expect federal government enforcement efforts to intensify. The time is now for California to show the rest of the nation who we are and what values we hold dear: inclusivity, due process, and justice for all.

Immigrants who cannot afford an attorney should not have to face the immigration judge alone. ImmDef works with lawmakers at all levels to extend the right to government-appointed representation in all cases in immigration court, so that they will have a fighting chance to defend themselves in a bewilderingly complicated system. 


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Contact Name: Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director
Phone: 213-634-0999
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HQ Address
State: CA
City: Los Angeles
Address:
  634 S Spring St, 10th Floo
Zipcode: 90014