CCA Responds to Reinstatement of LOP
(UPDATE: April 25, 2018)
Catholic Charities Atlanta (CCA) Responds to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Announcement on the Reinstatement of the Nation’s Legal Orientation Program for Immigrants
ATLANTA, GA (April 25, 2018) – At a press conference today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that The Department of Justice will not pause the nation’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP) as it had previously been reported.
Since 2009, and with support from the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), CCA attorneys from its Immigration Legal Services program regularly present group legal orientation sessions to thousands of detainees every year at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA and Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA. This program is funded by the United States Department of Justice with the intent to improve the immigration court process. These legal orientation sessions provide comprehensive explanations about immigration court procedures along with other basic legal information to large groups of detained individuals.
In response to the reversal of the decision to reinstate the LOP, CCA’s Immigration Legal Services Senior Director, Amy Haer, states that, “We were very happy to hear that the Department of Justice has reinstated the Legal Orientation Program. We know how important this program is to detainees who need to make informed decisions about their lives and how much it helps the judicial process expedite and prioritize cases.”
Catholic Charities Atlanta is just one of 15 agencies in 38 states that offers LOP to detained immigrants facing deportation. They are the only agency in the state of Georgia that participates in this program.
Vanessa Russell, CCA’s CEO, comments that, “Attorney Jeff Sessions, in his announcement today, upholds America’s most basic principle of justice and we applaud him for his leadership.”
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