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.
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.
Dignity, not detention, was the rallying cry Wednesday, when approximately 30 people gathered at the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office to protest conditions for immigrant detainees and the detentions themselves.
"Immigrants have equal rights. ... We don't believe detention is the solution to the current broken (immigration) law," said Chia Chia Wang of the American Friends Service Committee to the crowd.
On October 6th, please join us in New Jersey in calling for Dignity, Not Detention!
October 6th marks the anniversary of a report that recognized the need for serious reform of the immigration detention.
Join us as we come together on the anniversary of the ICE reform announcement to raise public awareness about deportations and detentions in record numbers through actions and press events across the country.
Press Conference at New Jersey State House, Room 109, Trenton, NJ
More than 2,500 miles from the Mexican border, opponents and supporters of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who spoke Sunday at a Republican gathering in Nashua, didn’t need a fence to divide them. They found a six-lane roadway.
Stationed across from the Crowne Plaza hotel on Route 101A, nearly 70 demonstrators welcomed Arpaio, known as the nation’s toughest sheriff for his work to fight illegal immigration in Maricopa County, Ariz. Demonstrators included the AFSC's Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty.
Who we are
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.