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.