DIRECT REPRESENTATION & LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Twelve partner organizations of the SFILDC - Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, African Advocacy Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, Central American Resource Center, Dolores Street Community Services, Immigration Center for Women and Children, La Raza Centro Legal, La Raza Community Resource Center, Kids in Need of Defense, Legal Services for Children, Pangea Legal Services, and the USF Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic - together represent over 1,000 immigrant residents of San Francisco from over 30 countries. Attorneys and advocates help SFILDC clients to present their cases before the Immigration Court and immigration agencies, and if necessary, will continue representation through the appellate process.

SFILDC attorneys are prepared to fight vigorously on behalf of their clients and identify forms of relief available to them. Our attorneys have been successful filing for and obtaining forms of relief, including: Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention Against Torture, Special immigrant Juvenile Status, U Visas for immigrant crime victims, T Visas for victims of trafficking, Protection under the Violence Against Women Act, Adjustment of Status, and Cancellation of Removal. Additionally, we have been successful in reopening cases where clients were ordered removed without receiving proper notice of their hearings and terminating proceedings where the Government violated its own rules and regulations regarding due process.

SFILDC attorneys also represent adult residents of San Francisco who are detained by ICE as well as detained children within the San Francisco Immigration Court’s jurisdiction. In addition to helping detained individuals fight their case in Immigration Court, our SFILDC attorneys advocate for release from detention so that our community members may be reunited with their families while they are awaiting a final decision on their immigration case.

The initial intake and referral of these cases is centralized through The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC), and technical assistance is provided to the attorneys by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.

CERTIFICATES OF HONOR ARE PRESENTED TO UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN DURING A SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, ON SEPT. 16, 2014. PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG
I can’t thank you enough but I hope you know how much working with you has meant to me. You will be in my heart forever.
— Unaccompanied child served by University of San Francisco's Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic