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ICE Out of the Courts

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.

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.

View PDF of Letter to Judges DiFiore and Marks (May 4, 2017)

View PDF of Letter to Judges DiFiore and Marks (June 22, 2017)

Signatories as of June 22, 2017

Adhikaar (Statewide)
African Communities Together (Statewide)
African Services Committee (Bronx County)
AIDS Health Care Foundation (NYC)
Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center, Immigration Law Clinic (Capital Region)
Anti-Defamation League (Statewide)
Appellate Advocates (Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)(Statewide)
Atlas: DIY (NYC)
Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (Kings County)
Brooklyn Defender Services (Kings County)
Bronx Defenders (Bronx County)
Cardozo School of Law, Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic (NYC)
Catholic Migration Services (Kings and Queens Counties)
Center Against Domestic Violence (NYC)
Center for Appellate Litigation (New York and Bronx Counties)
Center on Latino/a Rights and Equality(NYC)
Central American Legal Assistance (NYC)
Columbia County Public Defender (Columbia County)
Columbia County Sanctuary Movement (Columbia County)
Common Justice (Statewide)
Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center (NYC)
Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center (Albany County)
Crime Victims Treatment Center (NYC)
Day One (NYC)
Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)(NYC)
Door’s Legal Services Center (NYC)
Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims (NYC)
Emerald Isle Immigration Center (NYC)
Empire Justice Center (Statewide)
Genesee County Public Defender (Genesee County)
Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice (Monroe County)
Harlem Independent Living Center (Manhattan)
HIV Law Project (NYC)
Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. (Statewide)
Housing Court Answers, Inc. (NYC)
ICE-Free Capital District (Capital Region)
Immigrant Defense Project (Statewide)
Immigrant Justice Corps (Statewide)
Immigration Equality (Statewide)
Journey’s End Refugee Services (Erie County)
Kids for College (Statewide)
KIND, Inc. (Kids in Need of Defense (Statewide)
Kite’s Nest (Columbia County)
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (Greater NYC Metro Area)
La Colmena (Richmond County)
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State (Statewide)
LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Statewide)
Latinos Unidos of the Hudson Valley (Hudson Valley)
Lawyers For Children, Inc. (NYC)
LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)(Greater NYC Metro Area)
Legal Action Center (Statewide)
Legal Aid Society (NYC)
Legal Aid Society of Nassau County (Nassau County)
Legal Aid Society of Rochester (Rochester County)
Legal Project (Albany)
Legal Services NYC (NYC)
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (Hudson Valley)
Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW 2320 (NYC)
Levy Davis & Maher LLP (NYC)
LifeWay Network, Inc.(Greater NYC Metro Area)
Long Island Immigrant Alliance (Long Island)
Long Island Wins (Long Island)
Lutheran Social Services of New York (Statewide)
Make the Road New York (NYC and Long Island)
Masa (Bronx County)
MFY Legal Services, Inc. (NYC)
MinKwon Center for Community Action (NYC)
Monroe County Conflict Defender Office (Monroe County)
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Victim Services (NYC)
Mount Sinai Human Rights Program (NYC)
My Sister’s Place (Westchester County)
National Organization for Women New York (NYC)
Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (Manhattan)
New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) (NYC)
New York City Refugee and Asylee Health Coalition (NYC)
New York County Defender Services (NYC)
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYC)
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYC)
Nixon Peabody LLP (NYC)
Northeast NY Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (Statewide)
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NYC)
NY- NELA (Statewide)
NYCLU-Suffolk Chapter (Suffolk County)
Office of the Appellate Defender (NYC)
OLA of Eastern Long Island (Long Island)
Prisoner Legal Services (Statewide)
Queens Law Associates (Queens County)
Regional Immigration Assistance Center, Hudson Valley Region (Hudson Valley)
Regional Immigration Assistance Center, Region 2 (Central New York)
Rockland Immigration Coalition (Rockland County)
Rural and Migrant Ministry (Statewide)
Safe Against Violence (Delaware County)
Safe Horizon (NYC)
Safe Passage Project (NYC)
Sanctuary for Families (NYC)
Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families (NYC)
SBK Social Justice Center Inc. (Columbia County)
Sosa Law (NYC)
St. Vincent de Paul Legal Program, St. John’s University School of Law (Queens County)
Statewide Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Statewide)
Statewide Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Statewide)
Statewide Youth Leadership Council (Statewide)
STEPS to End Family Violence (NYC)
Sylvia Rivera Law Project (NYC)
Ulster County Defender (Ulster County)
UnLocal, Inc. (NYC)
Urban Justice Center (NYC)
Violence Intervention Program (NYC)
Wayne Action for Racial Equality (Wayne County)
WESPAC Foundation (Westchester County)
Worker Justice Center of NY, Inc. (Kingston, Rochester, and Albany Counties)
Youth Represent (NYC)

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