We envision a world in which equal justice is achieved for all immigrants at risk of detention and deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond.

  • Detained Adult Program

    Each year, the U.S. government detains nearly 400,000 immigrants. Adult immigrants who are arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia are detained in local jails in Virginia and Maryland. These five facilities have a contract with ICE to house immigrants while their removal proceedings are pending, a process that can take many months, if not years. Each year, the staff of the Detained Adult Program provides “Know Your Rights” presentations to over 4,000 detained immigrants and conducts intakes with more than 1,000 of them during monthly or bi-monthly jail visits.

  • Detained Children's Program

    The Detained Children’s Program provides legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children detained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at four juvenile facilities in Virginia. The include an ORR long-term foster care program, one large shelter program, and two secure detention facilities. Each year, CAIR Coalition serves over 500 detained immigrant children.

  • Virginia Justice Program

    CAIR Coalition’s newest programmatic initiative, the Virginia Justice Program (VJP), strives to ensure that non-citizens receive equal justice in Virginia criminal courts. We provide support to members of Virginia's criminal defense bar in their representation of non-citizen defendants including trainings on the immigration conseequences of Virginia offenses; individual case consultations; and regulary updated legal resource materials regarding the immigration consequences of Virginia offenses. 

  • Advocacy and Impact

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    CAIR Coalition engages in advocacy and impact projects to advance the human and civil rights of the immigrant communities we serve.   Our work includes advocacy centered on improving the treatment of immigrants in the detention and deportation systems, advancing access to counsel for indigent immigrants, and helping to stem the flow of immigrants entering the deportation system through impact litigation focuses on the criminal-immigration intersection. 

  • Community Conversations Project

    Comunidades Unidas or Community Conversations Project is designed to provide holistic and culturally competent workshops on immigrants’ rights, defenses against deportation, as well as rights against gender and domestic violence.

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