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February 13, 2018

NYCís Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys
By David Brand

With about 26,500 juvenile deportation proceedings since 2005, New York Cityís immigration court at 26 Federal Plaza hosts the most children in the country, followed by Los Angeles and Houston. Despite the efforts of various pro bono legal assistance organizations partially funded through a partnership between the City Council and the Robin Hood Foundation, the percentage of children receiving representation has decreased over the past three years. Of the 5,580 children whose deportation proceedings began in Fiscal Year 2016 ó October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 ó 73 percent had representation. Last year, 37 percent of 3,697 children of children had representation and so far this year, just 27 percent of 624 children have gotten representation, according to data compiled by the Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

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