A noncitizen in the criminal justice system faces permanent banishment from the U.S. and separation from her or his family. Criminal defense counsel may be unaware or uninformed about the immigration consequences of criminal conviction. The National Immigration Project has been at the forefront of the national effort to help criminal defense lawyers understand the law and protect their noncitizen clients.

We provide support, referrals, and technical assistance to advocates, community organizations, and families on deportation defense and custody issues. We also provide information and referrals to families and detained immigrants navigating the detention system. These services are available free of charge to practitioners everywhere. Since it began tracking inquiries in 2003, the National Immigration Project has provided more than five thousand instances of direct technical assistance to attorneys in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Visit our Member Listservs for the Criminal and Immigration Law (Crim-Imm) listserv.