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Vera Institute of Justice
February 2021

A Federal Defender Service for Immigrants: Why We Need a Universal, Zealous, and Person-Centered Mode

The representation rate in immigration court fluctuates slightly over time. In the past five years—from October 2015 through September 2020—just more than 70 percent of all people in detention had never been represented (221,820 of 311,854 cases), with the exact percentage varying slightly from year to year. See Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), “State and County Details on Deportation Proceedings in Immigration Court by Hearing Location and Attendance, Representation, Nationality, Custody, Month and Year of NTA, Outcome, and Current Status,” database, accessed January 29, 2021, https://trac.syr.edu/phptools/immigration/nta/. This information is refreshed monthly and may change as new data is added.

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