Studies show a mere three percent of detained immigrants avoid deportation without a lawyer, but New York plans to change that.
According to New York Daily News, the Empire State is set to dedicate $10 million from its new budget to immigrant legal services, with $4 million designated for the Vera Institute of Justice, $2 million for the Hispanic Federation, and $1 million each for the New York Immigration Coalition, the Empire Justice Center, Catholic Charities Community Services and the Northern Manhattan Immigration Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
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The news follows Gov. Cuomo’s recently announced Liberty Defense Project, which makes New York the first state to assist immigrants in obtaining legal counsel regardless of status.
“The story of New York is the story of immigrants and this funding builds upon this administration’s long-standing work to protect those seeking a better life as New Yorkers,”
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