IMMIGRANT JUSTICE PROJECT
This initiative launched in January 2018 with a full-time lead attorney. Through a partnership with the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), the PLAN attorney is housed at FIRRP's Phoenix office and supervised by FIRRP's experienced immigration attorneys. In August 2018, PLAN raised sufficient funds to also hire a legal assistant to support this critical work.
The PLAN attorney provides direct representation to low-income immigrants at risk of deportation, particularly those in removal proceedings. 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 the homeless, victims of domestic violence or other crimes, and LGBTQ immigrants.
For more information check out our: JANUARY-MAY 2018 IMPACT REPORT
2018 Annual Report Forthcoming!
If you or someone you know is at risk of deportation and would like to be considered for representation, please complete our questionnaire below.
Intake Questionnaire (English)
Cuestionario de Ingreso (Spanish)
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.
THE COMMUNITY NEED
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 was no organization dedicated to providing free legal services to non-detained immigrants facing deportation until we launched this new initiative. 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.
Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to and/or helping to raise funds for this immigrant justice project.
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