Indefensible: Immigrants Trapped by the Criminalization of the Immigration Process

JUSTICEAID PRESENTS LOS LOBOS IN SUPPORT OF THE IMMIGRANT DEFENSE PROJECT
Please join us as we work together to end the vilification of immigrants and the violence of detention
and deportation that is causing deep harm to our communities.

Mizue Aizeki, Deputy Director of the Immigrant Defense Project,  is committed to ending injustices at the intersections of the criminal and immigration systems, including criminalization, imprisonment, and exile. At IDP she helped lead the campaign for Gov. Cuomo’s suspension of NY’s participation in ICE’s “Secure Communities” program in 2011 and subsequent campaigns in NYC to limit collaboration between the NYPD and the NYC Department of Corrections and ICE.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezrepresents the 14th district of New York. She is an outspoken advocate for immigrants, for the vulnerable and working-class people across the country.

Alina Das is Professor of Clinical Law and Supervising Attorney at NYU School of Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She and her students represent immigrants and community organizations in litigation and immigrant rights campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Alina also serves as faculty director of the NYU Latinx Rights Scholars Program.

Jonathan Jayes-Green leads a multigenerational network of Black undocumented immigrants at UBN,  where they organize their own communities and building power through deportation defense, advocacy, wellness, and storytelling. Jonathan has also represented the Caribbean and Latinx communities at the Office of the Governor of Maryland, helping to win statewide legislative fights, like the Dream Act and marriage equality.

Alejandra Pablos is an immigrant and reproductive rights community organizer. Targeted by ICE in Dec ‘18 for deportation, Alejandra organized #KeepAleFree, her own deportation campaign that is seeking a pardon from the governor of Arizona in her fight for freedom. Committed to “community defense” education and advocacy, Alejandra shares her own personal story and teaches citizens to fight back.

Twenty years ago, there was an emerging human rights crisis: the targeting of immigrants for mass imprisonment and deportation. Today, the United States operates the largest immigration policing, detention, and deportation system in the world—and it’s growing. The war on immigrants has escalated to new heights, through campaigns driven by fear, hatred, racism, and lies. Working at the intersection of racially biased U.S. criminal and immigration systems, the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is making major strides in securing fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States. JusticeAid is excited to help, and we appreciate your support.

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) fights for fairness and justice for all immigrants at the intersection of the systematically unjust criminal and immigration systems. IDP was founded 20 years ago to combat an emerging human rights crisis: the criminalization of immigrants targeted for mass incarceration and exile. As the ICE deportation complex has exploded, IDP has continued to confront this crisis head-on by developing deep expertise and interventions through a multi-pronged strategy.

Rooted in the principle that no one is disposable, IDP is uniquely positioned to fortify the frontline struggle through community defense, policy reform, legal support and training, impact litigation, and communications and advocacy to fight back against mass criminalization, detention, and deportation.

Natalia Renta, Co-chair
Therese Steiner, Co-chair
Sara Greenberg
MaryAnn Sung

Mark Rochon, Chair
Alejandra Almonte
Leila Babaeva
Barry Boss
Shelley Broderick
Anne DiRosa
Stephen Milliken
Heather Pinckney
Preston Pugh
Matt Reinhard
Addy Schmitt
Karen Thomas

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Photo credit (banner photograph above): Protesters brave the cold on Dec. 7, 2017, to rally against a surge of immigration arrests being carried out in New York City courthouses. (AMANDA OTTAWAY, Courthouse News Service)