Arizona is home to 325,000 undocumented individuals. Yet Maricopa County has had no organization that offers free or low-cost legal services to non-detained immigrants facing deportation. Because of this, immigrants living in the Phoenix area must often attempt to navigate the confusing and complicated system without legal representation.
The new Justice for Immigrants & Families Project (JIF) will provide and promote access to justice for immigrants in Maricopa County. JIF will directly represent immigrants in removal proceedings by training them and referring appropriate cases to pro bono attorneys. It will offer “know your rights” orientations, group workshops, legal consultations and access to self-help legal guides. And it will collaborate with other community organizations to provide further support and empowerment for immigrants. Its goal is to ensure that individuals’ immigration status will no longer pose a barrier to social and economic opportunities.
Justice for Immigrants & Families is a pilot project from Phoenix Legal Action Network, a group of attorneys who provide pro bono legal services to protect and enhance the rights of immigrants, women, religious minorities, racial minorities and the LGBTQ+ community. The network also advocates for ree speech, voting rights, police accountability, and criminal justice reform.
For more information, visit Phoenix Legal Action Network.