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By Lory Diana Rosenberg
Indigent Defense columns.
Preventative Lawyering: How defense
counsel can defend immigrants' rights
Based on the view that defense
counsel can — and must — make a difference in cases having immigration
consequences, the Defending Immigrants Partnership was launched October 1, 2002
as a joint initiative of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the
Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the Immigrant Defense Project of the New York
State Defenders Association, and the National Immigration Project of the
National Lawyers Guild. In the article that follows, Director Lory Diana
Rosenberg, who joined the NLADA staff to lead the Partnership, discusses
analyzing offenses with an eye to immigration consequences.
Immigrants and refugees often face
an additional penalty once they engage in criminal activity or are convicted of
a crime in the United States: permanent exile. Over the past decade, the type
and number of criminal offenses that trigger such immigration consequences have
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