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New York Lawyers for Immigrants Program Could Inspire National Model

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 2021-06-14
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This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Last month, President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum to expand access to legal representation for low-income people, immigrants and asylum seekers. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, a program that provides publicly funded lawyers to detained or incarcerated immigrants in the state, could potentially be a model for the Biden administration. The project began with a $500,000 grant from the New York City Council in 2013 and now receives $16.6 million in public funding to support over 100 staff, including attorneys, paralegals, social workers and administrators who work to better immigrants’ case outcomes. Advocates and experts believe the New York project has encouraged similar local efforts throughout the U.S. Vox.

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