GAPIMNY is co-endorsing the mass rally on December 7th, hosted by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW 2325, other attorneys, and community and immigrant organizations, to demand that the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore implement a policy to bar ICE agents from entering NY Court property. Immigrants, regardless of immigration status, are entitled to due process and access to justice through the judicial system. To make the courts a site for ICE raids is a gross violation of basic human rights and deters immigrants who are already wary of the our justice system.
On Tuesday, dozens of public defenders walked out of Brooklyn Criminal Court after Legal Aid client, Genaro Rojas-Hernandez was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Brooklyn Criminal Court in collaboration with Court Officers and the Court Administration. They marched to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, demanding that the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore implement a policy to would prevent New York Court staff from collaborating with ICE officers or entering Court property.
Read more about the action here: https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/11/28/legal-aid-lawyers-stage-walkout-after-yet-another-ice-court-arrest/