ImMigrant legal fund

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The #1 factor in determining if an immigrant arrested by ICE will be deported or granted relief is if the person is able to POST BOND.

- Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project

Catalyzing Experience
In the spring of 2017, Episcopal City Mission was asked to stand with an undocumented leader of a partner organization at her yearly check in with ICE. As we accompanied this leader through the process, it became clear that accompaniment of all sorts was needed and that our unique relationships with both grassroots organizations and faith-rooted communities could be an asset to support those most directly impacted by the targeted attack on immigrants in Massachusetts.

Devastating Social and Economic Impact of Detention

  • Families and communities are torn apart
  • Wages are lost
  • Housing and food security are at-risk
  • Families are preyed upon by unscrupulous and usurious bail bond companies

Critical Importance of Bonding Out Detainees as quickly as possible

  • Restore families and communities
  • Avoid negative consequences of detention : physical, psychological and economic
  • Increase the likelihood that individual will obtain legal representation and avoid deportation

Vision
To secure the freedom of undocumented people detained by ICE to allow them the best chance to remain legally in the United States. The Immigrant Legal Fund provides financial support to help cover legal fees and bond costs.

To date, ECM has provided more than $5,000 in direct funding for bond and legal fees to a small number of individuals through community-based organizations.

ECM is working with the Jewish Community Relations Council, U-U-Mass-Action and Massachusetts Communities Action Network to collect and disburse more than $10,000 for bonds and legal fees.

Goal
The initial goal for fundraising is $100,000 which we aim to raise from individuals, faith communities and other organizations concerned about immigrant justice.