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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Socially Just Policy for Immigrants in Detention

Immigrant detainees in the United States of America are held under civil and not criminal law; therefore, they do not have the right to legal counsel at the government’s expense (Congressional Research Service [CRC], 2004). As a result of this current system, 80% of the 300,000 immigrants in detention are not represented by an attorney because they cannot afford one (Amnesty International, 2009). This policy is wholly unjust, as research shows that detainees are four to six times more likely to win their immigration hearing if they have legal representation (Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2009), and eight times more likely to be granted asylum with an attorney (National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, n.d). This paper seeks to address this disparity by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to guarantee detainees the right to counsel and an interpreter at the expense of the government.

Presenters: Allison Bosworth (Graduate Student)
Christina Ingrassia (Graduate Student)
Umaira Khan (Graduate Student)
Anna Santini (Graduate Student)
Elisabeth Tayrien (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 315 MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)