Court Reform

Chicago Tribune: Backlogs in immigration courts keep asylum seekers in limbo for years

June 6, 2016

Illinois has one of the most backlogged immigration court systems in the country. This has devastating effects on individuals, many of them asylum seekers, suffering long waits until their cases are adjudicated. NIJC's Ashley Huebner explains to the Chicago Tribune. Read the article.

The New York Times (Letter): Immigrant Children Desperately Need Lawyers

March 10, 2016

NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy and Kids In Need Of Defense President Wendy Young co-authored a letter to the editor of The New York Times insisting that immigrant children need a lawyer in court in order to have a fair hearing. Read the letter.

takepart: Stranded at the Mexican Border, More Kids Face Immigration Court Alone

December 10, 2015

Many immigrant children who flee violence in Central America and come to the United States seeking safety have to represent themselves in court because they don't have legal counsel. Without a lawyer and access to legal counsel, there is no way for these children to have a fair chance at justice. NIJC's Alexandra Fung comments on the dire situation in Takepart. Read the article.

International Business Times: US Asylum Backlogs Soaring, Testing Patience For Those Fleeing Persecution

July 20, 2015

"The number of pending asylum petitions has increased by more than 800 percent over the last four years, stretching out the period of uncertainty in some cases from six months to two years, or from two years to four. The wait is particularly grueling for those ... who remain separated from their families with no clear answers on their status or time frame for a resolution." NIJC's Ashley Huebner explains some causes of the court backlog and how it affects the immigration system as a whole.

Cost-Effective Procedural Changes Could Shrink the Immigration Court Backlog

October 9, 2014

New White Paper Calls for Department of Justice to Enact Immigration Reforms Inspired by Civil Justice Reform Act

Rocket Dockets Leave Due Process in the Dust

NIJC started petitions to President Obama that will be submitted by lawyers and community members demanding that immigrant children get a fair day in court.

Giving Immigrant Children a Chance in Court

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By Erin Carpenter and Monica McCarthy

Rethink Immigration: It’s Time to Fix the Immigration Court Backlog

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New York Times: Lawyers for Immigrants

May 9, 2011

In a letter to the editor NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy noted the problems with lack of access to counsel in the immigration detention system, particularly for vulnerable populations held in isolated areas.

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