Expanding Access to Immigration Legal Services

Lack of legal status can have a profound negative impact on immigrants’ lives and makes it much more difficult to realize life goals and stay healthy and safe. It is estimated that 15 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are eligible for some form of legal relief, but without access to legal services, they may not have the information and support they need to apply. According to a study of government data covering more than one million deportation cases, immigrants with legal representation were four times more likely to be released from detention and twice as likely to obtain immigration relief compared to those lacking counsel. Despite these findings, just 37 percent of individuals facing deportation had legal representation. Join this session to learn about the state of the immigration legal services infrastructure, how it can be strengthened, and what can be done to address critical gaps. 

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 -
2:45pm to 4:00pm CDT