Vera Institute of Justice

Independent national center for justice policy and practice, with offices in New York City, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Research/Policy/Organizing
Acronym or short name: Vera

The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice, with offices in New York City, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Our projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world.


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Why It’s So Hard To Get Migrant Kids In Rural Minnesota Through Immigration Court

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
June 8, 2015
Article that talks about the difficulties for migrant children to get access to the court system in Minnesota.

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A New York courtroom gave every detained immigrant a lawyer. The results were staggering.

Dara Lind
November 9, 2017
And now, a dozen more cities are getting on board.

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Immigrants Fighting Off Deportation Just Got a Huge Boost in These 11 Cities and Counties

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn
Mother Jones
November 11, 2017
A new initiative wants to make free legal counsel available to all.

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Nation’s 1st Public Defender System for Immigrants Facing Deportation Shows Results

John Paul Brammer
NBC News
November 14, 2017
The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) is an ongoing effort to guarantee legal representation for detained low-income immigrants.

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Should America Give Refuge to Abused Women?

Julia Preston
Marshall Project
April 17, 2018
Trump seems to say, not anymore.

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Trump Has Quietly Cut Legal Aid for Migrant Kids Separated from Parents

Meredith Hoffman
May 31, 2018
A program that provides help to unaccompanied minors was slashed just as the government has instituted policies that split kids from parents.

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D.C. has legal aid for immigrants, but the city doesn’t use tax dollars to help undocumented ones that are detained

Marissa J. Lang, Fenit Nirappil
Washington Post
August 26, 2018
Unlike other cities that have created immigrant defense funds since Trump took office, Washington does not use tax dollars to help undocumented adults once they are detained by federal authorities and face deportation.

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The government pays for migrant children’s lawyers. Challenge the government, and they can lose their funding

Patrick Michels
Reveal News
November 13, 2018
The U.S. refugee agency that cares for children who have crossed the border alone has for years threatened to cut off funding to legal advocates if they challenge a child’s detention or placement in juvenile jails, according to attorneys who have worked within the system.


Despite State of the Union rhetoric, immigrants contribute to US and deserve protection

Annie Chen
USA Today
February 7, 2019
Immigrants pay millions in taxes and their absence would devastate USA. Yet most don't have legal representation. Aid groups want to change that.

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State expands legal aid for detained immigrants facing deportation

Mallory Moench
Albany Times Union
February 17, 2019
Immigration attorneys in the Capital Region applaud the project but say that it stops short of providing legal aid for immigrants who aren't facing deportation or who aren't detained.

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Trump administration cancels English classes, soccer, legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in U.S. shelters

Maria Sacchetti
Washington Post
June 5, 2019
The Trump administration is canceling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters nationwide, saying the immigration influx at the southern border has created critical budget pressures.

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‘Sanctuary city’ of Philadelphia joins program to provide migrants with lawyers — a key to who stays or gets deported

Jeff Gammage
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 16, 2019
The “sanctuary city” of Philadelphia and a New York-based justice institute outlined a plan Tuesday to provide lawyers for undocumented immigrants facing deportation — a key factor in whether they can stay in the United States and fight in the courts, or are quickly shipped out of the country.

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