Feb. 03, 2023 || City & State
“Our partners in labor are once again standing up for immigrant communities by recognizing the need for legal services,” Cruz said.
Jan. 09, 2023 || Spectrum News 1
“Folks who are in immigration proceedings, who do not have immigration legal counsel, end up losing simply because they are going up against a government-trained lawyer without any support,“ Awawdeh explained.
Jan. 09, 2023 || Daily News
Hochul can take a big step towards meeting this moment, by establishing a rock-solid guarantee of due process and representation for all of New York’s immigrants, including these recent arrivals. By making a $100 million investment — less than 0.05% of New York’s budget — Hochul can secure the passage of the Access to Representation Act.
Jan. 12, 2023 || Times Union
“When they go into these proceedings, ordinary folks are up against a government-trained attorney whose sole purpose is to get them out of the country,” said Murad Awawdeh
Dec. 14, 2023 || Electeds and immigration leaders rallied on Thursday in Manhattan for the Access to Representation Act, which establishes the right to legal counsel in immigration court proceedings. Proponents argue that a large portion of immigrants cannot afford legal representation, which could make or break their ability to stay in the country or obtain asylum.