Family Defense Program
The Family Defense Program (FDP) informs and empowers mixed-status families and long-time residents whose futures are uncertain due to the erosion of protections for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and immigrants in general.
With its signature combination of community outreach and direct representation, FDP staff fight to keep Florida families safe and together.
Through legal screening clinics and Know Your Rights presentations, the FDP team bridges gaps in access to legal services and dispels rampant misinformation. FDP staff and volunteers travel to communities throughout South Florida so immigrants can receive trustworthy one-on-one legal assistance without having to travel long distances, take time off work or arrange childcare.
With help from our network of pro bono attorneys and interpreters, staff have served thousands of immigrants, often helping them on their pathway to permanent residency and citizenship through direct representation.
Even those who are not eligible for immigration relief under current laws receive critical information about how to protect themselves against fraud, better understand their rights, and monitor policy changes that could impact their case for relief.