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March 2003 , Page 43 

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Public Defense: Preventative Lawyering: How defense counsel can defend immigrants' rights

By Lory Diana Rosenberg

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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 increased exponentially. At the same time, since 1996, administrative discretion to waive these

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