March marked the one year anniversary of the CARA Pro Bono Representation Family Detention Project, which focuses on ending family detention and ensuring representation for immigrant families who are processed through the family detention facilities.
Nearly 8,000 families had a CARA volunteer attorney help them start the process of seeking asylum. More than 700 volunteers from all over the country -- lawyers, paralegals, translators, social workers, medical professionals, teachers and more -- put their lives on hold for a week or more and traveled to Texas to help protect families. Combined, they contributed more than $6.75 million in volunteer hours.
To mark the anniversary week, CLINIC worked with its CARA Partners to:
- Organize and lead an interfaith peaceful demonstration against family detention on Easter Monday in front of the White House.
- Organize and participate in congressional briefings about the importance of access to counsel for unaccompanied children and immigrant families
- Submit a complaint to the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties about the continued trauma that families face in detention.