Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Stanford Immigrants' Rights Clinic: Institutional Hearing Program Toolkit

The Stanford Immigrants' Rights Clinic, on behalf of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), have developed the a toolkit for criminal defenders working with noncitizen clients who may be placed in removal proceedings through the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP). 

The toolkit involves two components:

  • First, a companion guide for criminal defense attorneys that includes: an overview of IHP; best practices for protecting noncitizen clients’ rights; advice to share with clients on how clients may prepare for immigration removal proceedings; answers to clients’ common questions about the program; and an index of current IHP locations.
  • Second, a “tear away” handout for defenders to share directly with clients. For ease, the tear away handout is attached as a separate document and is also included as an appendix in the main document.

The toolkit was specifically developed for federal and state defenders practicing in California.  It also may prove useful to federal defenders across the count.

The materials are available here:

IHP Criminal Defender Companion Guide


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