Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Vera Institute of Justice, Center for Popular Democracy, and National Immigration Law Center are excited to announce the release of our report Implementing the Vision at the Local and State Level -
the third and final part of our toolkit Advancing Universal Representation: A Toolkit for Advocates, Organizers, Legal Service Providers, and Policymakers. This report draws from best practices and lessons learned from legal services providers, advocates, and government leaders about designing, implementing, and expanding local and state-funded universal representation programs. It includes recommendations for how to design and fund programs that provide zealous, person-centered representation for all – covering topics such as program design, collaboration between local partners, funding and payment models, shifting organizational and courtroom culture, and staffing and managing legal teams.
Check out the report to hear from programs from across the country, including the New York Immigrant Family Unity Program, Long Beach Justice Fund, Dane County and Madison, WI, Prince George’s County, Denver, and southern California. You can also check out the report’s summary fact sheet and flowchart visual included within that seeks to illustrate the complexities of removal defense to educate stakeholders about why these programs require expertise and robust funding. As the momentum for universal representation programs continues to grow, we hope that this report and the entire toolkit can continue be a resource for you as you advocate for new or expanded programs that advance fairness and dignity for people facing detention and deportation.
Please join us and leaders across the country in our upcoming webinar on April 22nd 3pm EST/12pm PST (register here) to learn more about this report (see invitation below for more details). Please pass this along to anyone who you think may be interested in learning more. We hope that you can join us!