Currently, there is no right to legal counsel for immigrants, including people seeking asylum and families with children and those who cannot afford an attorney find themselves navigating the court system alone.
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The passage of a groundbreaking bill securing the right to counsel for any New York City resident facing the loss of their home would underscore “what our values are as a city,” and serve as an important example, Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, told city lawmakers.
The Legal Aid Society provided crucial support for Saturday’s march and rally demanding the closing of Rikers Island.
Three staff members of The Legal Aid Society shared stories of their lives and connections to their work with colleagues on Wednesday in a celebration of Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month.
Because over 80% of people held at Rikers, languishing as they await trial because they can’t afford bail, are people of color.
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