$3,411

average bond amount issued by the San Francisco immigration court in 2014.

 

2 in 3

detained immigrants do not receive legal representation.

 

8X

Bonded out, represented immigrants are 8x more likely to win their cases than unrepresented detainees.

Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund

Every year, thousands of immigrants, many of whom are lawful residents of the United States, are arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and warehoused in detention centers while they attempt to fight to remain in the United States. 

Immigrant detention removes people from their families and communities, endangers their houses, jobs, public benefits, and healthcare, and prevents them from adequately defending their right to remain in their home. Since detention limits the opportunity to obtain high quality legal representation, it denies people the chance to make their legal case for staying in the US. Although many immigrants are granted bonds, as they are deemed to be neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community, they remain detained simply because they cannot afford to pay their bonds.

By raising money to help post bonds for those who cannot otherwise afford it, individuals are empowered to resist their deportation, and return to their homes, jobs, families, and communities while they await their hearing.

What We Do

Learn about how we are trying to fight against immigration detention and empower Bay Area residents.

The Issue

Learn more about immigration detention and how bond can be a tool for change.


The Trump Administration

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Immigration detention and the lack of legal rights afforded to detained immigrants are not new. However, the Trump administration has promised to construct new detention centers, ramp up detention for immigrants including women and children, and compel cities to turn over more people to ICE. In the San Francisco Bay Area, bonds are being set higher than ever – placing freedom further out of reach for low-income detainees.

Source: executive orders available here and here.


Take Action

Contribute to bonding out immigrants from detention. Become a backer for our cause.


*Statistics from Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, “Access to Justice for Immigrant Families and Communities: Study of Legal Representation of Detained Immigrants in Northern California,” Oct. 2014