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The following is a list of references to equip immigrant advocates, service providers, and immigrants with knowledge about legal services.

Title Author/Date Description

Revisiting the Need for Appointed Counsel

Donald Kerwin for the Migration Policy Institute


Most immigrants face removal proceedings without counsel, and they fare far more poorly than do those with counsel. An appointed counsel system would serve the interests of the government and of non-citizens facing removal.

Report on Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal

US Commission International and Religious Freedom


A study by refugee and asylum experts which examines, and makes recommendations on, the protection and detention of asylum seekers who are placed in Expedited Removal in the United States.

Grant Rates of Immigration Judges (Word document)

Doug Williamson
Political Asylum Research and Documentation Service


Shows grant rates of immigration judges by state and jurisdiction.

Resources for Serving Clients with Limited English Proficiency

Legal Services Corporation


Lists various articles and other resources for serving LEP clients.

Representing Immigrant Families

National Center on Poverty Law


Articles address legal issues unique to immigrant families and explain how traditional areas of poverty law particularly affect immigrants.

Standards for the Custody, Placement and Care Legal Representation and Adjudication of Unaccompanied Alien Children in the United States

American Bar Association Commission


Addresses access to counsel, child-appropriate courtroom settings and interviewing techniques, training for lawyers and adjudicators, custody placement decisions, detention conditions and safety, interpretation and translation, educational and health care services, phone and visitation rights, and religious freedom while in custody.

American Justice through Immigrants’ Eyes

American Bar Association


This report discusses the government's new law regarding the deportation of non-U.S. citizens after the September 11 attacks.

Funding the Mandate for Language Access

Paul M. Uyehara
Legal Services Corporation


Article explores ways that Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) can work with legal services programs to better serve limited English proficient (LEP) clients. Uyehara highlights demographic changes in the United States as well as new requirements under federal law which underscore the importance of ensuring programs are equipped to deliver high quality legal services to LEP clients.

How the Courts Work

American Bar Association

This website&nbspby the American Bar Association provides you with links that will help you understand the work that courts do and how they operate.

Summary of ICE Detention Standards

American Bar Association, Commission on Immigration

The summary covers 15 fundamental provisions out of a total of 37 Detention Standards that were issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure consistent treatment and care for detainees that are in ICE custody.

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