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Pilot program to create network of legal counsel for NY immigrants

NY1 News - July 20, 2013 - A pilot program is helping make sure New York immigrants get fair legal representation. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project will match up needy immigrant families with legal counsel.

Advocates say it's to prevent people from being unfairly detained and families from being torn apart.

"As a judge, I have been struck by the too often poor quality of lawyering for immigrants, indeed, the too often absence of counsel for immigrants, which all but dooms an immigrant's case," said Judge Robert Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Officials say 2,800 people are detained in the state each year and face deportation without legal representation.