Immigration Law Unit

Through a number of signature projects, the Immigration Law Unit provides consultation and representation to immigrants in the following legal areas:

  • Deportation/removal defense
  • Family-based petitions
  • Naturalization applications
  • Change of status
  • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) self-petitions
  • Appeals
  • Employment/workplace issues
  • Youth representation

Did you know…

In recent years, the U.S. government has greatly increased detentions and deportations/removals of immigrants. Between 1995 and 2003, the number of people deported more than doubled, and those detained by immigration authorities increased more than 35-fold.

Case Example

Ms. M was 16 years old when her mother, fearing for Ms. M’s safety, sent her to the United States from her native country. Ms. M’s father had been murdered by people who continued to threaten the family. Unfortunately, the man entrusted to take Ms. M to the United States instead brought her to Surinam for nine months, while he attempted to extort money from her mother. When Ms. M finally reached Miami, she was arrested by immigration authorities and placed in a detention center. Later released to a cousin in New York, Ms. M was still in danger of deportation. Society staff applied for permanent immigration status on Ms. M’s behalf. The application was approved. Thanks to these efforts, Ms. M is living safely in New York, has now completed high school, and is working as a home health aide in order to save money for college.