Immigration Detention

Law journal article on counsel and guardian for detained immigrants with mental illness

AFSC Detention Attorney Amelia Wilson and AFSC volunteer attorney Natalie Prokop recently published an article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change on the issue of representing detained immigrants suffering from mental illness. Their article, “Applying Method To The Madness: The Right To Court Appointed Guardians Ad Litem And Counsel For The Mentally Ill In Immigration Proceedings,” examines the unique obstacles these individuals face in obtaining counsel and assisting in their own defense.

TRUST Act one step toward humane immigration policy in CA

AFSC is deeply disappointed that California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the AB 1081, the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools (TRUST) Act, a measure which allows local law enforcement to decline to participate in the controversial “Secure Communities” federal immigration program that funnels individuals from local jails to deportation proceedings.

Immigration Detention in NJ

AFSC Immigrant Rights Program provides legal services to detaineed immigrants and organizes those who are affected by detention and deportation. This page contains various information sheets pertaining to immigration detention in NJ, such as fact sheets, directory, detention  report form, etc.

Immigration Detention Report Form

This form is for visitors, lawyers and others who visit immigration detainees in NJ to fill out based on information obtained directly from detainees. No personal information will be shared without permission.

NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees issued opinion piece denouncing Essex County detention contract.

(AFSC Immigrant Rights Program is a member of the NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees)

Essex County contract with ICE:  a flawed deal

One Year Progress Update on Immigration Detention in NJ

To: President Obama, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Morton

Date: April 29, 2011

From: New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees

Immigrant Rights Program, Newark NJ

Jocelyn family

Joceyln and her family

Joceyln (bottom row, middle), her father, and five siblings in front of their home in New Jersey.

At the Immigrant Rights Program (IRP) in Newark, N.J., our goal is to achieve policies that respect the rights and dignity of all immigrants, including a fair and humane national immigration policy.

The Immigrant Rights Program’s successful integration of legal services, advocacy and organizing has made a dramatic difference in the lives of immigrants in New Jersey and beyond by ensuring that immigrant voices are heard in policy debates, by assisting immigrants with challenging immigration cases, and by changing the narrative about immigration issues to influence policy.

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