The Defending Immigrants Partnership
Since its inception in October 2002, the Partnership has coordinated on a national level the necessary collaboration between public defense counsel and immigration law experts to ensure that indigent noncitizen defendants are provided effective criminal defense counsel to avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of their criminal dispositions. To that end, the Partnership offers defender programs and individual defense counsel critical resources and training about the immigration consequences of crimes, actively encourages and supports development of in-house immigration specialists in defender programs, forges connections between local criminal defenders and immigration advocates, and provides defenders technical assistance in criminal cases.
Partner OrganizationsNew York State Defender Association's Immigrant Defense Project
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Upcoming TrainingsPlease check back for information on upcoming Defender Immigrants Partnership events.
The Partnership is funded by the Gideon Project of the Open Society Institute, and received start-up support from the Ford Foundation.