Wednesday, January 28, 2015
photo via ILG
Immprof extraordinaire Stephen Manning has a marvelous new article: Ending Artesia. It discusses the influx of Central American migrants in the summer of 2014 and the U.S. response: detention of mothers and children in Artesia, NM.
His focus is on the volunteer attorneys who went to Artesia to represent these migrants as part of the AILA-AIC Artesia Pro Bono Project. It covers:
how the project happened, the grassroots volunteers who energized it, the technology that stitched the pieces of it together, and the leadership of AILA and AIC in embracing and shepherding the project dynamically to create a new model of pro bono legal services that collectively draws on the strengths of advocates across the nation.
The rapid pro bono response to Artesia was, as Manning notes, impressive in speed and scope. And it started with a promise to "every mother and to every child detained in Artesia: we shall not leave you." And they didn't.
As family detention continues, the AILA-AIC Artesia Pro Bono Project's use of remote teams and on-the-ground volunteers offers a new model for providing quality representation. But, as Manning notes, wouldn't it be better to simply end the detention of families who have passed an initial credible fear finding?