Sharing News About My Retirement: Note from Co-Founder and Executive Director Cheryl Little

When Sisters Catherine Cassidy, Maureen Kelleher and I began planning for Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) in 1995, we never dreamed it would become a relatively large, nationally recognized organization. All of you reading this letter played a role in strengthening our ability to stand strong in the storm of ever-changing immigration laws and policies aimed at stripping away immigrants’ …

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Shameful Treatment of Haitians

Published September 27, 2021 Statement from Cheryl Little, Co-founder and Executive Director My first job after graduation from law school was at the Haitian Refugee Center where I learned firsthand the extent of the discrimination against Haitians. Since then, the shameful treatment has only escalated. For decades U.S. policy impacting Haitian asylum seekers has created an almost insurmountable barrier for …

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Child Clients Still Face Insurmountable Challenges

Published August 26, 2021 For most of 2020, children arriving alone at our border were expelled in violation of a federal law requiring that they have their day in court before removal. On February 2, 2021 the Biden administration reversed that directive and our local ORR facilities are once again filling up with children in need of legal services. Below are …

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Detention Numbers Must Be Reduced

In recent months, our Detention team has seen a marked change in the number and types of immigrants detained locally and nationwide. In January 2021, the Biden administration inherited a record low number of 14,195 people in immigration detention, in large part due to Trump’s closing of the border following COVID-19. Fast-forward almost 6 months later, and over 27,000 persons have …

Asylum Protections Continue to be Eroded

Yon jwèt ki ap tann danjere: Pwoteksyon Azil Kontinye yap fache

Pa gen repo pou mechan an Apre retounen soti nan Tijuana, mwen te santi mwen te gen yon bon konpreyansyon sou eta aktyèl la nan pwosesis azil la nan fwontyè a. Nan yon egzanp sou ki jan bagay sa yo chanje lannwit lan, Depatman Homeland Sekirite Sosyal (DHS) te anonse yè swa ke li ta ka kontinye ak Pwotokòl Pwoteksyon …

Reflections at the US Mexican Border

Avoka Jistis AI yo reflete sou tan yo nan fwontyè a: Konklizyon panse yo

Adonia Simpson, Direktè Pwogram Defans Fanmi AI Justice, ak Jessica Shulruff Schneider, Direktè Pwogram Detansyon AI Justice, reflechi sou eksperyans yo ofri kòm volontè sèvis legal nan tout fwontyè Ameriken-Meksik. Nou retounen nan Miami Madi maten, e nou toujou ap travay sou eksperyans lan. Kòm ekip la Al Otro Lado te pwomèt, nou te vin “veteran” apre 12 èdtan, ede …

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Avoka Jistis AI yo reflete sou tan yo nan fwontyè a: Jou 4

Adonia Simpson, Direktè Pwogram Defans Fanmi AI Jistis la, ak Jessica Shulruff Schneider, Direktè Pwogram Detansyon AI Justice, reflete sou eksperyans yo ofri kòm volontè sèvis legal nan tout fwontyè Ameriken-Meksik. 4 jou a te kòmanse bonè pou nou, 7 am, men anpil imigran, ki gen anpil valiz ak pitit yo, te rive anvan lajounen te kraze nan El Chaparral, …

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Avoka Jistis Ay reflete sou tan yo nan fwontyè a: Jou 3

Adonia Simpson, Direktè Pwogram Defans Fanmi AI Jistis la, ak Jessica Shulruff Schneider, Direktè Pwogram Detansyon AI Justice, reflete sou eksperyans yo ofri kòm volontè sèvis legal nan tout fwontyè Ameriken-Meksik. Oryantasyon nou an ak Al Otro Lado te kòmanse ak youn nan òganizatè yo volontè ki di ke moulen a chak jou se tankou “vole yon avyon ki se …

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Avoka Jistis AI yo reflete sou tan yo nan fwontyè a: Jou 2

Adonia Simpson, Direktè Pwogram Defans Fanmi AI Jistis la, ak Jessica Shulruff Schneider, Direktè Pwogram Detansyon AI Justice, reflete sou eksperyans yo ofri kòm volontè sèvis legal nan tout fwontyè Ameriken-Meksik. Nou te fè li. Nou isit la. Nou an sekirite. Nou te wè pòs sa a sikile sou medya sosyal ak te panse li te yon tan ki apwopriye …

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Avoka Jistis AI yo reflete sou tan yo nan fwontyè a: Jou 1

Adonia Simpson, Direktè Pwogram Defans Fanmi AI Jistis la, ak Jessica Shulruff Schneider, Direktè Pwogram Detansyon AI Justice, reflete sou eksperyans yo ofri kòm volontè sèvis legal nan tout fwontyè Ameriken-Meksik. Li se 3:30 a.m tan Miami, e nou jis te rive nan otèl nou yo nan Chula Vista, Kalifòni, 7 kilomèt de fwontyè Sid la. Gade nan kat la …