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Vera provides research, messaging, strategic advocacy, and other support to allies across the country to further the national movement for universal representation. Our evolving evidence base demonstrates the need for and impact of publicly funded deportation defense programs.

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Why Does Representation Matter?

The Impact of Legal Representation in Immigration Court

Representation before any court of law is a matter of fundamental fairness. However, immigrants facing deportation are entitled to representation paid for by the government only in extremely limited circumstances, despite the high stakes involved in these proceedings. A growing body of research demonstrates the need for representation and its signi ...

Publication
  • Nina Siulc, Karen Berberich
November 14, 2018
Publication

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Series: Covid-19

Without an attorney, I might still be confined in a detention facility with COVID-19

It could have been very bad for me when people started to get sick with coronavirus, but I had good lawyers to fight for me. When they told me I would get out, I was very nervous. I was shaking because I couldn’t believe what was happening. I was excited, but my body was shaking. Sometimes I can’t even believe that I am out, after 21 months. It fee ...

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  • Paul, a NYIFUP client
July 09, 2020
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Series: Covid-19

Communities Need State and Local Deportation Defense Programs Now More Than Ever

Presently, the vast majority of people in immigration detention—70 percent—have no legal representation. This is because people facing deportation do not have the right to a public defender if they cannot afford one. And without legal representation, they face slim chances of being released from custody and remaining in the United States. With near ...

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  • Melissa Garlick
    Melissa Garlick
May 12, 2020
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Series: Covid-19

Facebook Post Put High School Student in a Detention Facility Now Struck by Coronavirus

In February 2018, Hernandez, upset about a change in location for her special education program, wrote, “I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya bitches,” on East High School’s Facebook page. She was charged with making a terroristic threat. She pled guilty to third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor offense, a ...

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  • Erica Bryant
    Erica Bryant
April 28, 2020
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Announcing New Grants for Community Groups Working Toward Universal Representation for Immigrants

Vera’s Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Network last week announced an inaugural request for proposals for community-based organizations in SAFE jurisdictions to further elevate and increase capacity for such grassroots organizing and advocacy for universal representation programs. Immigrants remain under unprecedented attacks by our federal ...

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  • Melissa Garlick
    Melissa Garlick
March 05, 2020
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