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Immigration detention is at an all-time high. Across the country, there are as many as 52,000 immigrants locked up in immigration jails on any given day. In the New York area, thousands languish in immigration jails while they face deportation. Because of harsh immigration laws, many are subject to mandatory detention and never have the chance to ask a judge for bond. Even for those who get the chance, bonds are often so expensive that immigrants either cannot afford to pay or are forced to turn to exploitative, for-profit bondsmen to get out of detention.
The New York Immigrant Freedom Fund – a program of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund – pays immigration bonds for community members who are unable to afford it. By paying bond, we are reuniting New Yorkers with their families and radically improving their chances of winning their immigration cases. Working in close partnership with community-based organizations, we are committed to building power in immigrant communities as we fight to end immigration detention. Our partners include African Communities Together, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, Make the Road NY, and Surveillance Technology Oversight Project.
If you or a loved one is currently detained and have been granted an immigration bond that you cannot afford, you may be eligible for our Fund. Please click here to learn more.