JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS & FAMILIES PROJECT
Nearly one in seven Arizonans (almost one million) are foreign-born. And Arizona is home to 325,000 undocumented persons, which, as a share of population, is 40% more than the national average.
Having an attorney is often outcome dispositive in immigration cases. Non-detained immigrants are five times more likely to win relief from deportation with an attorney. However, despite the sizable immigrant community and the swelling caseload at the Phoenix Immigration Court (over 7,000 cases pending), in Maricopa County, there is no organization dedicated to providing free legal services to non-detained immigrants facing deportation, and there are very limited resources available for other immigration legal services.
As a result, although immigration proceedings often involve the deprivation of liberty, family separation and even life or death circumstances, immigrants living in Maricopa County are often forced to face a complex system without legal representation. Given the severely heightened enforcement policies under the current administration, the need for legal assistance for immigrant families in Maricopa County is now more pressing than ever.
JIFP launched in January 2018 with a full-time lead attorney. Through a partnership with the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), the JIFP attorney is housed at FIRRP's Phoenix office and supervised by FIRRP's experienced immigration attorneys. PLAN is currently working to raise funds for an additional JIFP attorney and/or paralegal.
JIFP provides direct representation to immigrants at risk of deportation, particularly those in removal proceedings. The JIFP attorney(s) will also work with PLAN's broader network to: (1) train and refer appropriate cases to pro bono attorneys, and (2) provide “know your rights” legal orientations, group workshops on appropriate topics, individual legal consultations and access to self-help legal guides for immigrants in Phoenix.
Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to and/or helping to raise funds for the Justice for Immigrants & Families Project.
If you or someone you know is at risk of deportation and would like to be considered for representation by the Justice for Immigrants & Families Project, please complete our questionnaire below.
Intake Questionnaire (English)
Cuestionario de Ingreso (Spanish)
We represent non-detained immigrants: (1) who earn below 200% of the federal poverty level; and (2) who live in Maricopa County or are in removal proceedings in the Phoenix Immigration Court.
Priority is given to those with children in the United States and those who are members of vulnerable communities, including victims of domestic violence or other crimes and LGBTQ immigrants.
Due to limited capacity, we may not be able to take on your case even if you meet the eligibility criteria and fit under our priorities.
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