Pueblo Unido provides legal service navigation and client advocate support for immigrants who are facing deportation. We connect clients to adequate legal representation and help gather evidence to strengthen cases against removal. Since our formation in April 2017, six of our clients have been released from detention and reunited with their families.
Legal representation is the single most predictive factor in whether a person will avoid deportation, secure more stable status, and achieve the right to remain in their community. Because immigration is civil—not criminal—court, however, the government does not provide legal counsel to those who cannot afford to hire their own. As a result, most people facing removal are forced to represent themselves, and are ultimately less likely to prevail against deportation. Pueblo Unido organized in April 2017 in response to this injustice to keep families and our communities together.