News and Announcements

Families for Freedom has opened enrollment for our Fall 2014 Speakers Bureau! Speakers Bureau is a 10 week program with weekly classes focusing on the intersections between the criminal justice and immigration system, organizing against detention and deportations and public speaking and presentation skills. Graduates from the program go on to educate and organize their communities to create real safe spaces for immigrant families.
The report “Justice Detained, Justice Denied: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Prevents Immigrants from Fighting Unlawful Criminal Convictions,” authored by the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law and commissioned by Families for Freedom, reveals the fundamental contradiction between New York state and constitutional laws designed to protect people from unlawful convictions, and the deportation machinery of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
1. ICE will refuse to bring an immigrant detainee to have her post-conviction relief claim heard by a state judge. 2. ICE requests travel documents from foreign embassies and consulates to expedite deportation, knowing that there is a post-conviction case is pending. 3. ICE will remove from the United States noncitizens who have post-conviction relief cases pending...
Throughout its history, New York City has been a city of immigrants: in both 1900 and 2011, 37% of the city’s population was foreign-born. Today, more than three million New Yorkers are immigrants, and 60% of the city’s residents are immigrants or the children of immigrants. At the same time, New York is a city in which one in nine adults has been convicted of a crime in the last ten years...
Check out our new blog in the Huffington Post: Comprehensive Immigration Bill Does Nothing For Our Families. In this opinion piece our Executive Director, Abraham Paulos, provides an analysis of the current immigration bill S.744, how it criminalizes our communities and separates our families.
As it stands, this specific “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (S.744) bill does nothing meaningful for our families. Politicians dangle the prospect of legalization in front of us, but with the heavy cost of increased ICE and border enforcement, more deportations of those who have had contact with the criminal legal system, and no right of return for those that have been deported under expansive categories of convictions. We will not accept the legalization of our daughters and sons in exchange for the banishment of our mothers, fathers and all who deserve to be reunited with their families.
Families For Freedom was happy to be in the advisory committee of Human Impact Partners' new report – Family Unity, Family Health: How Family-Focused Immigration Reform Will Mean Better Health for Children and Families – that shines a light on the public health consequences of current immigration policy on children and families. Advised by a nationwide group of health and immigrant rights organizations and researchers, the report pulls together data from a wide range of sources on the impacts that the threat of deportation and detention has on the physical and mental health of children and families