Vera is committed to securing equal justice for all people, regardless of race, nationality, or country of origin, and to ending mass incarceration and strengthening families and communities. With this vision in mind, Vera has launched ITAC, the Immigration Technical Assistance Center. ITAC is a publically-accessible, searchable, online resource that contains materials created or commissioned by the Vera Institute of Justice on substantive and procedural immigration issues. ITAC’s resources include practice advisories, webinar trainings, and other helpful practical guides to aid practitioners and program managers with building capacity, skills, and substantive legal expertise.*

Through ITAC, Vera will share a growing library of technical support resources with the immigrant advocacy community in support of our goal of increasing overall capacity for immigration representation. Access to counsel makes immigrants more likely to be released from immigration detention and continue to appear in immigration court as they pursue relief from removal. While fighting their cases from their own homes, immigrants can continue to provide financial and emotional support to the family members that depend on them, while contributing to their communities as leaders, volunteers, business-owners, and taxpayers. Through their relationships with attorneys, immigrants are also able to access necessary support, such as medical, mental health, and educational services for themselves and their families. Access to counsel, alone, will not solve all of the challenges immigrants face, but it will improve individual case outcomes while significantly impacting incarceration rates, family unity, and community well-being.

Vera also maintains a library of resources developed through the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to provide know your rights (KYR) materials for detained adults.

*The resources on ITAC are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Content is only up-to-date as of the date of each individual resource. The immigration field is extremely dynamic, and independent research should always be done to confirm the validity of information.

Mapping out Legal Services for Separated Families

  • Referrals
  • Unaccompanied Children

This resource was created by Vera in partnership with the American Bar Association (ABA) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) to provide a critical link between the social services organizations working with separated families and the immigration legal service providers throughout the country that have affirmatively expressed capacity to provide free legal service to those families right now. In order to search this information by certain parameters (e.g. state, type of organization, etc.), you can use Filter Views (Data>Filter views).

August 10, 2018

SAFE Cities Webinar on Advanced Crim-Imm by Brooklyn Defenders Services

  • Crim-Imm Intersection

This webinar, produced by the Brooklyn Defenders for the SAFE Cities Network, covers the basics of categorical analysis of criminal convictions, and related topics like divisibility, “realistic probability,” and modified categorical analysis. This webinar covers how to use the categorical approach to challenge criminal grounds of removability and bars to relief, and strategic tips for briefing, research, and preserving creative arguments for appeal.

July 30, 2018