Updates

ICE Policing Through the Pandemic

December 17th, 2020 By Immigrant Defense Project and Center for Constitutional Rights On November 17, 2020, at 4:45 AM, five plain-clothes agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) climbed the side of a building in south Brooklyn and attempted to enter a second floor apartment. They banged on windows, breaking one, and threatened the tenants on the ground floor–if they didn’t let … Read more »

Immigrant Defense Project and the ICE Out of Courts Coalition Celebrate Signing of Protect Our Courts Act

For Immediate Release December 15, 2020 Immigrant Defense Project and the ICE Out of Courts Coalition Celebrate Signing of Protect Our Courts Act  With Governor’s Signature, New Law Prohibits ICE From Using Courts to Trap Immigrant New Yorkers NEW YORK— With Governor’s Cuomo signing the Protect Our Courts Act (S425/A2176) into law today, New York has taken a momentous step … Read more »

El Poder de Prepararse: Como preparase en caso eres arrestado por ICE (How to prepare in case you are arrested by ICE)

Este folleto, producido por el Proyecto de Defensa del Inmigrante (Immigrant Defense Project) y el Centro de Pedagogía Urbana (Center for Urban Pedagogy), es una guía en español orientada a la comunidad que informa a las personas como preparase para un posible arresto, detención, y procedimientos en la corte de inmigracion por ICE. Enfatiza la importancia de obtener asesoría legal precisa, recopilar y … Read more »

BREAKING: Judge Stops Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum

For Immediate Release November 19, 2020 BREAKING: Judge Stops Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum Just One Day Before They Were Slated to Go Into Effect, Federal Judge Enjoins Broad Rules That Would Have Vastly Expanded Categorical Bars to Asylum New York/Washington/San Francisco – On Thursday, a federal judge in the Northern District of California issued a nationwide … Read more »

Immigrant Defense Project Celebrates the Passage of the Protect Our Courts Act

For Immediate Release July 22, 2020 For more information contact: Rachel Cohen, [email protected], Immigrant Defense Project Immigrant Defense Project Celebrates the Passage of the Protect Our Courts Act  New York State Legislature Passes Momentous Legislation: ICE Cannot Use Courts to Trap Immigrant New Yorkers NEW YORK—The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) applauded the passage of the Protect Our Courts Act (S425/A2176), which … Read more »

Federal Judge Rules ICE Cannot Make Courthouse Arrests in New York

For Immediate Release June 10, 2020 For more information contact: Rachel Cohen, [email protected], Immigrant Defense Project Federal Judge Rules ICE Cannot Make Courthouse Arrests in New York New York Attorney General Leticia James and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Win Summary Judgment: ICE Cannot Use Courts to Trap Immigrant New Yorkers NEW YORK—The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) applauded the federal … Read more »

TRAINING: 2020 Crimes & Immigration Seminar

Dates Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 4:45 PM (ET) Friday, October 30, 2020 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (ET) Please note that this program will be presented over Zoom webinar. Please see below for this year’s Agenda, list of speakers, and an FAQ.  Registration Nonprofit/Legal Worker (1 day-October 29, 2020) – $100 Nonprofit/Legal Worker (1 day-October … Read more »

May 22 Rally: One Day to Protect New Yorkers Act

On May 22nd, the Immigrant Defense Project, Fortune Society, and over 100 advocates and elected officials, are heading to Albany to hold a rally calling on the legislature to support the One Day To Protect New Yorkers Act – a bill that would reduce the maximum sentence for a Class A Misdemeanor by just one day, from 365 to 364. This small change … Read more »

Litigating in the 2nd Circuit Post-Jennings

New Detention Resources! IDP is pleased to share two practice advisories to support detention litigation in the 2nd Circuit following the Supreme Court’s decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez: IDP Practice Advisory: Making Constitutional Arguments in the Second Circuit to Challenge Prolonged Mandatory Detention after Jennings and Lora IDP and NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic and Practice Advisory: Making Statutory Arguments in … Read more »

Talking Points on Dimaya v. Sessions

Talking Points in Response to White House Statements on Loopholes in our Immigration Laws after the Dimaya v. Sessions Decision  One page talking points responding to White House attacks on recent Supreme Court victories as “loopholes” by Immigrant Justice Network, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Immigrant Defense Project, National Immigrant Justice Center, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild Issue … Read more »

ICE Courthouse Policies

Annotated ICE Directive on Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions at Courthouses ICE Out of Courts Homepage On January 10, 2018, ICE issued its first formal, public policy memo on immigration enforcement actions inside courthouses and subsequently updated its FAQ on Sensitive Locations and Courthouse Arrests. The Immigrant Defense Project and the NYU Immigrants Rights Clinic have published this annotated document to provide legal and factual … Read more »

IDP featured in The New Yorker!

IDP’s ICE out of Courts work was featured in an article in The New Yorker.  The piece focuses on Sergio Perez, who was arrested following a family court hearing, and ultimately torn apart from his family after ICE deported him to Mexico City.  The increase in ICE presence and arrests in courthouses undermines universal access to justice and public safety, … Read more »

6th Edition of Representing Immigrant Defendants in NY

On September 19, IDP released the sixth edition of Representing Immigrant Defendants in New York (2017). This essential resource by Manny Vargas provides information about the foundations of crim-imm and strategies to avoid adverse immigration consequences in criminal and immigration proceedings. This sixth edition has been updated to include case law developments through June 2017 and is available for sale on our website at www.immdefense.org/manual. A … Read more »

ICE Out of Courts New York State Campaign

The Protect Our Courts Act is now law in New York State! On December 15, Governor Cuomo signed the Protect Our Courts Act into law. This law will keep ICE officers from arresting individuals going to or leaving court, bringing relief from the constant threat of ICE surveillance and arrest for immigrants.  Find out more about what this means in … Read more »

DACA Renewals: Representing Clients with Contacts with the Criminal Legal System

In light of the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA, IDP has created two new resources — one for immigration attorneys handling DACA renewals for clients with criminal histories and one for criminal defense attorneys on how to advise clients about DACA.  These resources are housed on our new #DefendDACA page. We have also compiled other useful resources recently released on our website at: www.immdefense.org/daca-resources/.

Updated resources page for Family Court practitioners

IDP is breaking new ground by raising awareness of the negative immigration consequences that can result from contact with the Family Court system.  We now have an updated resources page for Family Court practitioners, including a new advisory created with NYCLU on the potential risks for immigrants of requesting fingerprints from DJCS.