The Vera Institute for Justice will help fund legal counsel for those facing deportation from Sacramento and 10 other U.S. cities and counties, the nonprofit announced.
The Sacramento City Council unanimously agreed to set aside up to $300,000 in May to fight deportation through a network of nonprofit groups providing legal, educational and faith-based services. Inclusion of Sacramento in the Vera Institute’s Safety and Fairness for Everyone Cities Network means the organization will match whatever sum the city spends. The Vera Institute will also offer technical expertise and support, including helping Sacramento share best practices with other jurisdictions and data analysis to evaluate the network’s impact.
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