News & Resources

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 »

Law and Disorder: Benefit Performance by Labe Richman March 29

Please Join Us for A Performance and Party to Benefit the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) IDP & the Law Office of Labe M. Richman PRESENT LAW AND DISORDER My Courthouse Stories Written and Performed by Labe M. Richman MARCH 29, 2012 Open bar and Food begins at 6:15 p.m. Performance at 7:15 p.m. JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH 55 WASHINGTON SQUARE SOUTH … Read more »