Representation for bond hearings is a critical need for the immigrant community during a time of unprecedented immigrant detention. Without representation at their bond hearings, individuals can remain detained—sometimes for years—while their cases are litigated. Studies have consistently shown that immigrants who are released from custody are more likely to win their immigration case.
LSIJ saw this as an opportunity for law students to use their legal skills to address a critical community need, meanwhile giving students real in-court experience. LSIJ members secured funding for three years through an innovative collaboration between UCLA School of Law and the Mexican Consulate. Workshop participants will provide client-centered and trauma-informed representation for 3-4 detained immigrants per semester.