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City Bar Justice Center's Immigrant Outreach Project Transformed: Varick III

Friday, December 17, 2010

  • Organization: City Bar Justice Center

 In December 2008, the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and The Legal Aid Society launched the NYC Know Your Rights Project at the Varick Federal Detention Facility. Under the original model, “Varick I”, volunteer attorneys from participating law firms conducted interviews with Varick detainees to determine whether immigration relief was available and make appropriate referrals to pro bono (or “low bono”) counsel.

Since February 2010, when Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) ceased to detain undocumented immigrants at the Varick Facility and began housing them in area jails and correctional facilities, the Project has undergone two iterations. The City Bar Justice Center is now unveiling “Varick III”, a full representation model. Under Varick III, volunteer attorneys will meet with detainees on the days that they are brought to Varick for their Immigration Judge hearings. After the initial meeting, the volunteer attorneys will continue to represent the detainee for the purposes of obtaining bond, parole, or cancellation of removal. The City Bar Justice Center is confident that this form of representation is best suited to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.

To learn more about the City Bar Justice Center's Immigrant Justice Project, click here.

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