Advocacy

Sen. Salazar, AM Reyes Announce Legislation to Keep State, Local Agencies from Conspiring with ICE

ALBANY – Senator Julia Salazar and Assembly Member Karines Reyes, joined by members of the immigrant advocacy, faith, and public health communities came together today to announce The New York for All Act, which prohibits state and local government officials, including police and sheriffs, from diverting personnel and resources or disclosing sensitive information to assist federal immigration enforcement. The New York for All … Read more »

IDP Statement on President Biden’s Executive Orders

February 2, 2021 As we awaken from the nightmare of Trump’s presidency, we are relieved to see President Biden responding to years of organizing against the racism and xenophobia that has fueled immigration policing, detention and deportation over the last four years.  President Biden’s executive orders on immigration represent an important acknowledgment that the current immigration system’s policies and practices … Read more »

Ban the Scan Launch: Statement by Jose Chapa

January 26, 2020 Good morning, My name is Jose Chapa and I am the Senior Policy Associate at the Immigrant Defense Project based in NYC. IDP works to combat criminalization, including protecting the rights of immigrants who have contact with the police and the criminal legal system. Over the past couple of decades, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-better known as ICE, … Read more »

Broken Windows Policing

The widespread criminalization of a wide range of activities through NYPD’s broken windows or quality-of-life policing practices has steadily driven up rates of arrests for violations and misdemeanors in New York City since the 1980s. Because the immigration system is extremely unforgiving, for non-citizens even a violation or misdemeanor can lead to detention and deportation. To help defend against these consequences and protect … Read more »

Strategic Research Initiatives

In this era of mass deportation, where immigrants with convictions have been singled out by DHS as a primary target for deportation, IDP works to develop and expand strategies to identify opportunities to expand rights within the criminal legal system. Working in close collaboration with allies, IDP researches multiple points of intervention — including local, state, and federal policy, as well … Read more »

Ending ICE/Police Entanglement: From Street Encounter to Custody

Background At the Street Encounter: Datasharing At Arrest: Fingerprint Data Sent to ICE In Custody: Training and Supporting Defenders In City Custody: Ending Collaboration Between ICE and Police and Jails In the Community: Ending ICE Arrests at the Home and Beyond Background The U.S. government today detains and deports noncitizens at historically unprecedented levels, and during the Obama administration, immigrants … Read more »

How ICE Interacts with the Criminal Legal System

The U.S. today detains and deports noncitizens at historically unprecedented levels, and immigrants with criminal convictions are one of the key targets for mass deportation. Harsh immigration laws passed in 1996 combined with a political climate that brands immigrants with convictions as a threat to public safety puts millions at risk of detention and deportation. IDP works to distangle immigration and the … Read more »

Fighting for People With Criminal Convictions and Formerly Imprisoned People

As immigrants with convictions are increasingly vilified and targeted for deportation, IDP works with a broad range of allies to develop campaigns around strategic reforms within the criminal justice system that will reduce both incarceration and its collateral consequences on immigrants. IDP works in coalition with organizations focused on policing, such as Communities United for Police Reform, to provide general support for advocacy … Read more »