Pledge your support for Universal Representation for All
Posted: March 3, 2021
The Campaign for Universal Representation For All aims to address one of the most urgent issues of access to justice in our state and nation today. In Colorado, ICE has detained thousands of immigrants and held them in detention centers, forcing many to face immigration court and detention without a lawyer. This injustice leads to […]Take Action
Creating a Statewide Legal Defense Fund will help keep Colorado families together by providing a lawyer for people facing detention or deportation who couldn’t otherwise afford one.
Immigration detention is the only legal procedure in the nation where someone can be detained without the right to a government-funded lawyer. As a result, many people in deportation proceedings have valid legal claims to remain in the United States, but are deported anyway because they lack the legal expertise to effectively argue their cases. Legal defense is also critical to addressing Anti-Black racism in immigration court and the detention to deportation pipeline, since Black immigrants are over four times as likely as non-Black immigrants to face detention or deportation on criminal grounds.
70% of immigrants detained at the GEO immigration detention center in Aurora, CO do not have a lawyer
Immigrants with legal representation are 3.5 times more likely to be released from detention on bond
Immigrants with legal representation are 10 times more likely to win their cases
Universal representation in immigration court should be a national mandate. As we continue to push for equity, individual cities and states across the nation have risen to stand up for the immigrants in their communities.
Five states have already created statewide immigration legal defense funds: Oregon, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and California
In 2017, in the wake of a growing wave of national anti-immigrant sentiment and policies, advocates and leaders in the Denver metro area worked to create the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund (DILSF) to provide free, quality legal services for Denver residents in immigration proceedings through local non-profits. With the Denver program, Colorado has taken a step towards leading the national movement for a “public defender” system for immigrants.
Now, our Campaign for Universal Representation is taking the next step by championing a bill to create a Colorado statewide legal defense fund! This bill will create a fund similar to the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund (DILSF). Through the statewide fund, Coloradans with a deportation case would qualify to receive a free lawyer if they cannot afford one. As the fund grows, more and more Colorado immigrants will be able to face detention and deportation with crucial access to legal representation.
Colorado state representatives seeking immigration legal defense fund
February 8, 2021In the News
9News.com COLORADO, USA — In immigration court, having legal representation can mean the difference between staying in the United States or being deported. A 2015 study from the University of Pennsylvania showed that immigrants with a lawyer present were 10 times more likely to win their cases. “When you think about this, you have an […]
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