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Immigration, Refugees & Asylum

We have long focused on providing pro bono legal services to vulnerable immigrant groups, refugees and asylum seekers.

Recently, this work has become even more urgent given the rising number of assaults on the rights of our immigrant communities. We have made it part of our strategic mission to provide a systematic response.

We helped coordinate the legal community’s response to the crisis brought on by the forced separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, and have helped to reunify a number of separated families. We were among the first to come to the aid of affected travelers at Dulles and JFK airports and among the last to leave when President Trump issued the first “travel ban” executive order.

We are deeply involved in several challenges to anti-immigrant policies nationwide:

  • Firm chair Brad Karp co-authored an Op-Ed for The New York Times, signed by 34 law firms, challenging the separation of migrant families at the border.
  • We have worked extensively with Catholic Charities of New York to locate and reunite families separated at the border, leading a multi-firm effort, and are representing a number of individual parents and families in their immigration cases.
  • We filed a key declaration in a federal class action by the ACLU on behalf of parents impacted by the family separation policy. Our declaration provided evidence that migrant parents have been coerced into waiving rights to have their or their children’s immigration and asylum claims considered.
  • We were counsel of record to a group of individual plaintiffs in a Maryland case that resulted in a nationwide preliminary injunction of the travel ban. We are also representing a class of Indonesian Christians seeking to avoid deportation in a case in New Jersey.
  • We were counsel to amici in other national travel ban challenges, including on behalf of 58 high-tech companies supporting Hawaii’s successful filing for a nationwide temporary restraining order and on behalf of the American Bar Association in its amicus effort urging the Supreme Court to affirm the Fourth and Ninth Circuits’ decisions enjoining the travel ban.
  • We are representing the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, we challenged Texas Senate Bill 4, a law designed to crack down on so-called “sanctuary” cities.
  • We led a multi-firm effort filing affidavits in support of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project—the only nonprofit provider of pro bono immigration assistance in Washington State—helping it win a nationwide injunction blocking the DOJ’s refusal to allow certain advice-only pro bono assistance for pro se immigrant litigants.
  • We have represented dozens of women in their petitions to secure U Visas, special visas for victims of crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.

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