SJC also provides deportation defense services for non-citizens who are not currently detained. The majority of these clients are seeking humanitarian relief.
The majority of Social Justice Collaborative’s cases include:
- asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the convention against torture
- cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents
- cancellation of removal for non-lawful permanent residents
- cancellation of removal under the Violence Against Women’s Act
- motions to terminate proceedings
- visas for victims of trafficking (T visas)
- visas for victims of crime (U visas, VAWA)
- special immigrant juvenile status (predicate orders in probate and family court)
Non-citizens in removal proceedings are frequently arrested and detained like criminals in jails across the nation. They are isolated and cut-off from their friends and family and have little or no access to attorneys. Many of them are not eligible for bond even though they have no criminal history.
SJC serves detained non-citizens who are unable to pay for expensive private attorneys. Our attorneys visit non-citizen detainees in jail in order to provide effective legal representation to them in all stages of their proceedings. This includes arguing for bond in immigration court and defending detained non-citizens from deportation.
In 2014, nearly 70,000 individuals were apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol at the United States’ southwestern border. These individuals were nearly all fleeing from horrendous violence in Mexico and Central America. Most left everything behind, crossing treacherous terrain, to save their lives and the lives of their children.
Social Justice Collaborative represents individuals and families who have fled from their countries of origin in order to seek protection and security in the U.S. Without legal representation, most will be deported.
For more on SJC’s asylum program, click here.