Practice Guide

The United States' increase in immigrant deportations has been fueled largely by detentions for non‐violent immigration violations. Funded in part by the Casey Foundation, this bilingual (English-Spanish) manual provides guidance for volunteer lawyers and non-lawyer practitioners working with families at risk for deportation. Specifically, the manual highlights the financial and family rights that the risk of deportation often jeopardizes, such as final paychecks, bank accounts, car and home ownership, and government benefits.

October 1, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Take-home summary checklists on a range of topics – from collecting unpaid wages to child custody – that immigrants can reference after meeting with a service provider.

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    Detailed explanations of the financial issues immigrants must manage if faced with deportation.

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    Sample forms and letters, as well as counsel for selling a car or home, etc.

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    A glossary of terms and definitions.

Key Takeaway

Preparing for Deportation

By following the steps and advice presented in this guide, immigrant individuals and families facing deportation can prepare themselves for the financial fall‐out of being detained, which will also allow them more time to focus on critical legal issues that may arise.

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