Only 25 percent of Idahoans in immigration court have lawyers. A new nonprofit plans to change that

Immigrant Justice Idaho, founded by Boise immigration lawyer Maria Andrade, will address the state’s gap in free or low-cost legal representation for Idahoans appearing in immigration court or detained by federal immigration officials.

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Nicole Foy
Idaho Press Tribune
September 27, 2018

Tags: Immigration Process


The Boise nonprofit will be the first Idaho provider for free legal and referral services recognized by Department of Justice. Anyone served with a notice to appear in immigration court or detained by federal immigration officials must also immediately receive a list of organizations that provide free legal services in their area.

Right now, Andrade said, the only organization on the list Idahoans receive is based in Montana. Only 25 percent of Idahoans with current cases in immigration court have legal representation, according to the TRAC Immigration database. When they can actually attend their hearing in Boise — the Utah immigration court usually has jurisdiction over Idaho cases — that percentage rises to about 50 percent.