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Your Impact in the Fight for Immigrant Rights

November 16, 2020 Dear Friends of IDP, As we write to you, it appears that the White House will soon change hands. After four long years of Trump and four long years of relentless racist and xenophobic attacks, we are taking a moment to breathe a deep sigh of relief. But we all know that there is much work to … Read more »

Take a Deep Breath Dear friends, We are touched by all of you who have sent us donations today and reached out to become more involved in IDP’s critical work. We know this is a painful time for many of us across the country, but it is also a time to come together in action. It is clear that in … Read more »

IDP Newsletter: September 2016: Burden of Proof Victories, Mandatory Detention & More

  SEPTEMBER 2016 In this month’s IDP newsletter: Litigation News: Burden of Proof; Mandatory Detention Advocacy: #FIX96 Trainings: NY State Regional Assistance Center; 2016 NYC Crimes & Immigration Seminar Event: A Window into SCOTUS and Crimmigration Media Coverage  LITIGATION NEWS Litigation Successes: Burden of Proof IDP’s “Burden of Proof” litigation campaign — aimed at ensuring that where the “record of conviction” is ambiguous … Read more »

New York Quick Reference Chart Resources

Below is a compilation of Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) resources that provide information that may be useful for criminal defense lawyers representing immigrant (noncitizen) defendants in criminal proceedings in New York State: June 27 Practice Note Updates updates to the Aggravated Felony and CSO determinations for: 220.03 (Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree); 220.06(1) (Criminal possession of … Read more »

Updated New York Quick Reference Chart

The Immigrant Defense Project’s New York Quick Reference Chart has been revised and is now available with updates current as of July 2016. This digital, subscription-based chart provides access to newly updated information about the possible immigration consequences of specific, commonly charged New York offenses. By subscribing today, your entire firm or organization will have access to the most recent … Read more »

Get Legal Advice as Private Counsel

Due to the high demand for our services from indigent immigrants and appointed counsel, we ask private counsel to make a contribution before seeking advice. Your contribution will help sustain our consult work for all by offsetting the cost of providing you with guidance. Note that IDP recommends you consult with a tax expert about this contribution. Contributions to nonprofit … Read more »

Resources for Criminal Defenders

Representing Immigrant Defendants in New York, 5th Edition Detailed, practical, straightforward, and up-to-date information to help defense attorneys Understanding and Fulfilling Your Duty to Immigrant Clients Defending Immigrants Partnership An unprecedented collaboration the country’s foremost immigration advocacy and defense organizations Criminal-Immigration Helpline Expert advice and support for immigrants and their loved ones Criminal-Immigration Roundtable IDP’s monthly meeting brings together advocates … Read more »

Fix 96: How Mass Deportation Impacts Families

This year marks the 20th anniversary of harsh immigration laws that ushered in a devastating era of mass deportation. These laws – the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) of 1996 – vastly expanded the pool of non-citizens marked out for “removal,” led to the creation of a massive, … Read more »


Representing Immigrant Defendants in New York, 5th Edition Over 20 percent of New York State residents are foreign-born, according to the U.S. Census, and many are non-citizens who may be easily subject to detention and deportation for criminal convictions. Through a well-organized explanation and analysis of the relevant law – along with our renowned two-page “Immigration Consequences of Crimes Summary Checklist” … Read more »

Other Community Resources

IDP also develops accessible resources for community-based organizations focused on the intersection between the criminal justice and immigration systems and for directly impacted community members. Given the complexity and urgency of “crim-imm” issues, and the need to disrupt narratives around them, we are committed to developing creative materials, utilizing storytelling, personal narratives, and graphics. Through our collaboration with a broad base of … Read more »

Community Education: Workshops and Trainings

IDP Train-the Trainers IDP offers substantive Know Your Rights Train-the-Trainer presentations to equip community members and advocates for training others on ICE enforcement and strategies for invoking legal rights.  A video and materials from our most recent training are available here. To be notified about other know your rights training opportunities in the future, fill out this form. For other questions, email [email protected]Read more »

DANGER! Police Involvement in Mass Deportation — Graphic Novel

The U.S is deporting people at a record pace (close to 400,000 a year!) and the rapidly expanding collaboration between police and immigration is a key tool. Immigrant communities urgently need tools to protect and expand their rights. Immigrant Defense Project initiated DANGER! Police Involvement in Mass Deportation in 2013 in work to end police collaboration with ICE with our allies the Sex … Read more »

Join us: “Cambodian Son” screening April 27

Join Mekong NYC, IDP, and Families for Freedom for the NYC screening of “Cambodian Son” at MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street, April 27.  There is a reception at 2 pm and the film begins at 3 pm. This documentary follows the life of Kosal Khiev. Kosal was convicted as an adult of attempted murder at 15, served 14 years, … Read more »

IDP Letter to Supporters

In these tumultuous times, we turn to our movement – a movement rooted in the principles of fairness and justice – to stand up for the rights of all immigrants. This past year, we continued to see record-breaking numbers of deportations tear apart families, communities, and loved ones. We are thankful to have attorneys and advocates like you alongside us, … Read more »

A Message from Benita Jain

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I have been working from Oakland, California, for the past year. During this time, my family has also grown to include two amazing children, Maya and Rohit. I have now decided to make my move to Oakland permanent and shift my role at IDP from Co-Director to Managing Attorney, Defending Immigrants Partnership. In … Read more »