SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced a new fund that will help immigration defense attorneys pay for expert witnesses testifying on behalf of detained immigrants.
The Immigration Defense Fund, a joint effort by the public defender’s office and the non-profit International Institute of the Bay Area, will provide grants to attorneys beginning at the start of 2018.
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In May, Adachi announced a new unit in his office dedicated to representing immigrants faced with deportation and said it is one of only three such programs in the country.
Unlike in criminal court, immigrants are not entitled to legal representation in deportation proceedings, although studies have shown that detained immigrants with attorneys are six times more likely to win their
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