Pillars of Justice

Help The Southern Poverty Law Center Fight for Justice

May 2, 2017

Amid a landscape of fear and uncertainty for immigrants, the call for lawyers to help join the fight for civil rights is greater than ever. This is not just a call to fight for immigration rights but a call to fight for every citizens’ right to due process and the protection of our constitution.

President Trump’s executive orders on immigration make deportation a priority—even for those undocumented immigrants who have strong community leadership, family ties, and employment in the United States. It is clear that the deportation of undocumented immigrants is being made a priority by the Trump administration, despite judicial action and lawsuits from several state attorney generals. In addition, the administration plans to utilize existing programs that allow for deportation without the due process of being heard by a judge, presenting evidence, or challenging the charge of deportation.

All people in the United States deserve fair and humane treatment and have a right to due process under the United States Constitution. Most who are faced with deportation do not have access to legal representation, which has been shown to make a significant difference in the outcome of their cases. Without a lawyer present at court proceedings, immigrants face judgments that are made out of a desire to get things done quickly and are often clouded with racism and personal bias. The only way to hold judges, courts, and officers accountable is to make sure that every person gets a fair trial by providing legal representation to hold these decision-makers accountable.

Why do we need your help? As a lawyer, you have the ability to be the most effective force to fight back and hold the government accountable. This is not just an attack on immigration rights. It is an attack on civil and legal rights that we must protect for all citizens.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has enacted a new pro bono project called the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) that will provide free legal representation to immigrants who are facing deportation proceedings in the Southeast. They will enlist and train lawyers to represent those immigrants who are currently facing deportation proceedings. We encourage all attorneys with the time or resources to support the SPLC and their initiative as we believe it will make an important difference in this fight for basic human rights. We must come together to protect the most fundamental values that our country was founded upon.

How to get involved:

– Visit the SPLC website to learn more here.
– Sign up for SIFI and/or to volunteer your services here.
– Donate to the SPLC here.
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