The number of immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Virginia jails has nearly doubled in the last year. In 2010, the average daily population of immigrant men and women detained in Virginia hovered between 600 and 700. As of June 2011, the detainee population stands at over 1000.
CAIR Coalition’s Legal Director, Liz McGrail, gave a well-received presentation on the immigration consequences of crimes to over 500 Virginia criminal defense attorneys gathered for the Virginia State Bar’s Conference on Indigent Criminal Defense held on April 29 in Richmond. In addition, Liz’s presentation was video-streamed to two other locations in Virginia. A number of attorneys came up to Liz afterwards and told her how much they appreciated her presentation.
Now operational in 72 jurisdictions around the country, including Frederick County, Maryland and Prince William County, Virginia, the 287(g) program gives local and state law enforcement authorities the right to question individuals about their immigration status and turn them over to Immigration and Customs
In September, CAIR Coalition expanded its Detained Children’s Project to include a second juvenile detention facility in Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home in Alexandria, VA contracts with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide bed space for up to 10 immigrant children who are facing removal proceedings. CAIR Coalition staff members will be providing these children with “Know Your Rights” presentations and individual consultations. CAIR Coalition will also prepare the children for their first master calendar hearings and assist them i
Mr. ZP fled to the United States in 2000 to escape China’s population control measures, including forced sterilization in his case. Mr. ZP subsequently applied for and was granted asylum after presenting compelling evidence that he would be persecuted if he returned to China. Mr. ZP’s sister and brother, a U.S. citizen and a lawful permanent resident, respectively, helped him to start his life anew in the United States. Mr.
Now full-fledged attorneys, former law students Erica Morgan and Edmundo Saballos spent nearly a year fighting to defend the rights and dignity of their client, I.P., a young man from Honduras who suffered from such severe mental illness that at one point he stopped talking altogether and could only communicate through hand gestures.
Recently, the United States signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and celebrated the 19th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These two actions mark our nation’s commitment to provide reasonable accommodations to and ensure basic fairness for all people with disabilities. Unfortunately, this commitment falters in our nation’s immigration courts, where people with mental disabilities are not afforded such accommodations and fairness.
A new report by an independent task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations asserts that "the continued failure to devise a sound and sustainable immigration policy threatens to weaken America's economy, to jeopardize its diplomacy, and to imperil its national security." Rather than seeing immigration as one of this country's success stories, the report states that we are in the midst of an immigration crisis that not only undermines our prosperity and hurts our standing abroad, but also causes untold hardship to the individuals who must navigate what has become, in many w
Maria de Gador Manzano-Guillen, an attorney with the Inter-American Development Bank, served as pro bono co-counsel, along with CAIR Coalition's Legal Director, Liz McGrail, in the case of Mr. AR, a native of Honduras who immigrated to the United States in 1982 at the age of 14. Mr. AR faced deportation to a country he left over two decades ago because of minor drug use. Despite being stricken with polio at the age of eight months which left him physically weak with a pronounced limp, Mr.
On Wednesday, June 17, CAIR Coalition will hold a Tenth Anniversary Party to celebrate a decade of working to ensure that all immigrants are treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their human and civil rights and to help raise funds for CAIR Coalition's programs. The party will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Busboys & Poets 2021 14th St. NW (the corner of 14th & V) in Washington, DC. Ten former volunteers and legal interns who have made a significant impact during their time with CAIR Coalition will be honored at the event.
Bradley Jenkins has served as a legal assistant with CAIR Coalition for the last two years under the auspices of the Mennonite Voluntary Service program. As a newly minted BIA Accredited Representative, Brad recently represented his first client before the Immigration Court. Brad successfully argued that the client, a 19 year old native of Pakistan, should be granted deferral of removal to both Pakistan and Iraq under the guidelines of the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT).
“According to me everybody from CAIR Coalition is doing an amazing job. And I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who are working to get us out of this situation. [Y]our support is greatly appreciated since I have been incarcerated in June 2008 at Piedmont [Regional Jail], Riverside Regional jail and Hampton Roads Regional Jail you girls (guys) are the only non-profit organization that is trying to help … me out…. Thanks again for everything that you are doing...”
“I am writing to thank you for your help, especially for being with me in court…It’s three in the morning and I can’t sleep because I still can’t believe that I’m at home with my children. I can’t find the words to tell you how grateful I am for your help.”
(Released after six months in immigration detention)