National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

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Criminal & Deportation Defense

The National Immigration Project’s executive director, Dan Kesselbrenner, is one of the leading experts on the intersection of criminal and immigration law in the United States. A noncitizen in the criminal justice system faces permanent banishment from the U.S. and separation from her or his family. Criminal defense counsel may be unaware or uninformed about the immigration consequences of criminal conviction. The National Immigration Project has been at the forefront of the national effort to help criminal defense lawyers understand the law and protect their noncitizen clients.

We provide support, referrals, and technical assistance to advocates, community organizations, and families on deportation defense and custody issues. We also provide information and referrals to families and detained immigrants navigating the detention system. These services are available free of charge to practitioners everywhere. Since it began tracking inquiries in 2003, the National Immigration Project has provided more than five thousand instances of direct technical assistance to attorneys in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Partnerships

  • Defending Immigrants Partnership
  • Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project
  • Immigrant Justice Network

Listserv

  • For information about our criminal and immigration law listserv, click here.

Resources

  • For resources relating to criminal and deportation defense, click here.

Criminal & Deportation Defense


We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one of us directly affects all of us indirectly. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

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