Pueblo Unido is powered by our volunteers and support from community members, organizations, and local businesses. By volunteering with Pueblo Unido, you help grow our organization and increase capacity to fight deportation and reunite families in our community.
Are you passionate about immigrant rights and fighting unjust deportation? Do you want to be able to connect immigrants in your community to free legal representation through the Equity Corps program?
Pueblo Unido has subcontracted with Innovation Law Lab to provide free trainings to people interested in becoming volunteer Community Navigators. RSVP for upcoming training opportunities to learn more about the Equity Corps program, the Community Navigator role, and how to conduct trauma-informed intake interviews and make effective case referrals.
In 2017, the Oregon Ready coalition found that legal representation is the most predictive factor in whether someone will win their case against deportation or not. Because immigration is civil--not criminal--law, however, the government is not required to provide legal counsel to those who cannot afford to hire their own. Private legal representation can cost between $8,000-$15,000 for a removal defense case, and there are few low-cost, language-specific legal resources for immigrants facing deportation in Oregon. As a result, most people facing deportation are forced to represent themselves in immigration court, and are consequently less likely to win their cases against removal.
Community Navigators play a crucial role in addressing this gap in legal services, preventing family separation, and building more just communities. Certified Navigators perform intake interviews and help people facing deportation submit applications for free legal representation through the Equity Corps program. In this way, Navigators can give people in their communities the best possible chance to win their cases against deportation and achieve the legal right to remain in this country with their families.