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If you are looking for removal defense legal assistance, please call 916-446-7901. Leave a detailed message including your name and phone number and we will contact you to schedule a consultation. We offer consultations one day per month by appointment only. 


Removal Defense Project


CRLAF created its Removal Defense Project in 2018 to expand access to removal defense services throughout the Central Valley and Northern California. The Project offers high quality, pro bono removal defense services to individuals before the San Francisco and Sacramento immigration courts, such as advice and counsel, educational workshops, and legal representation. Our small, but robust removal defense team zealously represents both detained and non-detained individuals, children, and families in their bond and removal proceedings to maintain both family unity and civil liberty. 


In addition to full-scope representation, our removal defense team offers limited-scope Rapid Response services to individuals under immediate threat of deportation. These services are aimed at assisting individuals being held at the Sacramento and Stockton ICE Processing Facilities.The Project’s removal defense services also include a limited number of cases for individuals residing in other counties across the Central Valley.



Larger Projects and Collaborations


In 2017, the Family Unity, Education, and Legal (FUEL) Network was initiated. Funded by the City of Sacramento, each year the Network brings on a group of subgrantees to provide direct immigration services to individuals and families with ties to the City of Sacramento. As Network's fiscal and lead organization, CRLAF offers pro bono removal defense representation and coordinates all partners to ensure consistent messaging and prevent gaps in services. 


CRLAF’s Removal Defense Project also initiated and continues to manage the Attorney of the Day (AOD) Program at the Sacramento Immigration Court. The AOD program is only the second such program in the nation, providing a vital consultation and advice service for individuals otherwise lacking legal representation. 

SAFE Network Member


As a member of the SAFE Network, CRLAF is committed to the principle and practice of universal representation for all immigrants facing deportation. Every immigrant facing deportation should have compassionate and quality representation, regardless of whether the case appears meritorious. 


Our Supporters


CRLAF’s removal defense services are offered through the support of the City of Sacramento, the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ), NextGen America, Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC), and California state funding managed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). 

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