Ann Garcia

  • Hosted by RAICES
  • Sponsored by Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Fort Worth, Texas
  • Law school American University Washington College of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Ann provided free immigration legal services to vulnerable immigrants detained in ICE detention centers or in criminal custody in north Texas.

North Texas is bearing the brunt of the growing emphasis by federal immigration authorities on interior enforcement efforts. The region led the nation in ICE arrests last year with more than 16,000 arrests. Immigrants who have access to representation are up to ten times more likely to establish a right to stay with their families and communities in the United States than immigrants who lack representation. Yet North Texas has the lowest rate of representation of any other metropolitan area in Texas.

Fellowship Highlights

During the Fellowship period, Ann:

  • Represented detained individuals in bond and removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
  • Provided advice and counsel to nearly 30 individuals in detention.
  • Trained and mentored attorneys and law students growing their removal defense practice.
  • Liaised with ICE and private detention center personnel to improve access to counsel, resolve issues with conditions of detention and bring instances of detainee mistreatment to light.
  • Collaborated with community partners to mount deportation defense campaigns.

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