The Immigrant Defense Project has been closely monitoring ICE activity in the courts and has seen a significant escalation in ICE courthouse arrests since the beginning of 2017. We are coordinating a campaign to get ICE out of the courts in New York State. More than 100 organizations are calling on the Chief Judge of the New York State Courts to stop ICE from targeting immigrant New Yorkers in the courts.
ICE in NYS Courts – Legal Service and Advocates Survey
In June of 2017, a coalition of legal services and community based organizations sent out a survey to the field from June 12 – 23, to better understand these concerns. 225 advocates and attorneys from 31 counties across New York State participated. The participants work in criminal, family, housing, employment, education, and immigration law, and practice in criminal, family, and civil courts in New York State. Click here to view the results of the survey.
Letters sent to the Chief Judges of the New York State Court of Appeals
In May of 2017, the Campaign to Remove ICE from NY State courthouses composed the following letter to Judges DiFiore and Marks. The letters describe the increase in ICE activity in NY state courthouses over the preceding months, and outline the negative impacts that increased ICE activity has had on our communities. Both letters can be found below.
New York City Council Hearing
On June 29th, 2017, New York City Council Committees heard testimony on the increase presence of ICE in city courthouses, and the impact of this increased presence on their clients. IDP’s Andrew Wachtenheim testified at this city council hearing – a written copy of his testimony can be found below.
- Immigrant Defense Project – New York City Council Hearing Testimony
- New York City Council Hearing (6/29/2017) Photos – Coming soon!