University of Wisconsin–Madison

Protocols for Ensuring Effective Defense of Noncitzen Defendants in California

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) California
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Safety
For this article, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center interviewed defenders from four counties in California, each with a different model. The models include having a full-time or a part-time in-house immigration specialist; contracting with an outside organization; having an in-house specialist supported by a contract; and having a full-time in-house specialist who also provides deportation defense. The defenders discuss the elements of these models, how they are funded, what the day-to-day work is like, and advice they would give to others starting such a program.

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