Center for Removal Defense

Call (503) 542-2855 or email: Click here (Select Immigration Legal Services)

Access to low-cost and pro bono legal services are essential for immigrant families facing increased risk of deportation.  However, the availability of these legal services to immigrant families facing separation is extremely limited. Retaining a private immigration attorney for representation in removal proceedings can cost tens of thousands of dollars. As such, access to high-quality removal defense representation is usually far out of reach for the average immigrant family living in Oregon.

PROVIDING JUSTICE AND PROMOTING FULL PARTICIPATION IN SOCIETY

Many who are new to this country have very little and are often unable to afford the kind of legal representation that ensures safeguards and legal protections when detention and deportation become real threats.

The Center for Removal Defense leverages Catholic Charities of Oregon’s existing Immigration Legal Services (ILS) team to improve our ability to tackle complex immigration court cases, specifically detention and removal defense, for vulnerable families. The center, in conjunction with the ILS team, provides high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees and engages in public education, training, and community outreach to promote positive conditions for the full participation of all newcomers.

KEEP KIDS HOME TASK FORCE

Changes in immigration policy enforcement has put many children in Oregon at risk of being separated from their families. Catholic Charities of Oregon has collaborated with statewide partners in education, foster care, and immigration legal services to develop cross-system infrastructure, policies, and procedures to protect children and keep them out of state custody in the event of detention or deportation of a parent.

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Through the Center for Removal Defense, Catholic Charities of Oregon offers pro bono removal defense legal services to the portfolio of services our Immigration Legal Services team offers. The Center provides legal protections for immigrants who are unable to afford attorneys and will ensure safeguards for vulnerable mixed-status families when detainment and deportation becomes a real threat. We have one full-time lawyer and one full-time legal assistant dedicated to providing clients with representation; outreach and education; and development, management and coordination of comprehensive pro bono activities.

Beliefs

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we believe in justice and humane treatment for all humans. We believe in keeping families together. We know that Oregon is home to 391,200 immigrants, 192,000 of whom are children, and 62,000 with at least one undocumented immigrant parent. 49,000 of these children are United States Citizens. The Center for Removal Defense is vital for families in desperate need of their services to keep their family together.

To support the Center for Removal Defense, make an online donation here.

Find Help/Busca Ayuda

Call (503) 542-2855 or click here (Select Immigration Legal Services)

Llama (503) 542-2855 o haz clic aqui y selecciona “Immigration Legal Services” (Servicios legales de inmigración).

Articles

Testimony from Catholic Charities’ Director of Refugee Services to the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
Matthew Westerbeck, the Director of Refugee Services at Catholic Charities of Oregon, provided testimony during a public hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery on March 30, 2021. The topic was Senate Bill (SB) 718, which appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Human Services to award…

Acute need for assistance continues amid Oregon wildfire aftermath

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Sandra Perez, Director of Asset & Facilities Management of Caritas Housing at Catholic Charities of Oregon, talks about the resiliency of the wildfire survivors in Medford, Oregon, the challenges they still face, and our agency’s efforts to provide ongoing legal services, financial relief support, and trauma-based counseling to the individuals and families impacted by the…

Refugee Services Spotlight: Looking forward to helping refugee families reunite and rebuild their lives in 2021

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
Today we congratulate President Biden and welcome him to his first day in office. At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we look forward to what a Biden Administration will mean for our programs—especially our Refugee Services Program.

Política de inmigración durante la transición de la administración presidencial

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