Support The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act
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The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, introduced as S. 2540 by Senator Reid (D-NV) and H.R. 4646 by Representative Lofgren (CA-19) would ensure access to counsel, legal orientation programs, and post-release services for children and other vulnerable individuals while they are in immigration court proceedings.
Under current law, individuals facing immigration removal proceedings do not have a right to legal representation, even if they are children. As a consequence, many children go before immigration judges alone, and an overwhelming majority of children without attorneys are ordered deported. However, when children are represented with an attorney, they are five times more likely to be granted protection.
The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act would ensure that children; individuals with disabilities; and survivors of abuse, torture and violence have legal representation, so that they understand what is happening in court and can fully present their case for protection. The bill would also create a case management pilot project to increase court appearance rates, and would ensure that legal orientation programs are available to all detained immigrants