The Legal Orientation Program (LOP) educates detained immigrants about their rights and the immigration court process so that they can make informed decisions about their legal cases. Vera works with 18 nonprofit legal service providers to offer orientations about defenses against removal (deportation) and the court process, as well as to assist in the process of seeking pro bono representation. The program, funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and administered by Vera, operates at 43 detention facilities, in addition to the national LOP Information Line.

Project Objectives

  • The LOP empowers detained immigrants to understand their rights and navigate a complex legal system.

  • By providing immigrants with the knowledge to make informed decisions, the LOP helps prevent unnecessary detention.

  • Because of its reach, the LOP responds to trends in immigration enforcement and tailors services to the needs of immigrants in detention.