The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

NYC Know Your Rights Project: An Innovative Pro Bono Response to the Lack of Counsel for Indigent Immigrant Detainees

In October 2008, the New York City Bar Association received a petition signed by men detained at an immigration detention center on Varick Street in New York City. The petition describes the small and dirty holding condition of these individuals and included accusations that detainees worked while hungry and did not have their medical needs met. In response to this petition, the New York City Bar Association's City Bar Justice Center volunteered legal counsel to those being held at the detention center, and yesterday issued a report "calling for all immigrant detainees to be provided with counsel." Here is the full report: NYC Know Your Rights Project: An Innovative Pro Bono Response to the Lack of Counsel for Indigent Immigrant Detainees.