Vera by the Numbers: Defending People Facing Deportation

  • Twenty-three jurisdictions are formally partnered with Vera’s SAFE Initiative, across 11 different states. Each provides government-funded attorneys to immigrants who are facing deportation.
  • More than 1,300 children have a parent facing deportation who is now represented by a SAFE attorney, making them much more likely to avoid deportation and separation from their child.
As more and more people get caught up in the ever-widening net of immigration enforcement, it is Black people and communities of color who bear the brunt of the devastating impacts of detention and deportation. Now more than ever all levels of government need to step up and take bold action to protect our immigrant communities. Together, we can chart a new path forward—laying the foundation to make federally mandated representation a reality.

Annie Chen
Program Director, SAFE