The organization Vera Institute of Justices just launched Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE), a program that will offer undocumented immigrants facing deportation in multiple cities free legal representation.
The organization initiated SAFE after noting the significant impact that the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) had in the city of New York since its start in 2014. The program, according to a press released by the organization will offer publicly funded legal assistance in the following cities: Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Dane County, WI, Oakland/Alameda County, CA, Prince George's County, MD, Sacramento, CA, San Antonio, TX and Santa Ana, CA.
The selected cities had to apply to be part of the network through a proposal process. The eleven chosen cities put their money where their mouths are or as stated in the press release showed: “their commitment to deportation defense by investing public dollars.”
“Common sense immigration policies like those embodied by the SAFE Cities Network ensure that all people, regardless of background, income, and history, are guaranteed a fair day in court. Not only does such public funding for indigent immigrants facing deportation maintain trust within our communities, it ultimately increases public safety and keeps deserving families together,” said Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice.