The crossover between immigration and criminal law is one of the most complex and technical areas of law today. The ILRC is recognized as a national leader in this field, in analysis, teaching, and policy work.
As part of the national Defending Immigrants Partnership, the ILRC educates and assists indigent criminal defenders about immigration consequences of crimes. Directing the project in the Ninth Circuit, the ILRC provides resources, holds trainings, and mentors a group of representatives from indigent defense offices. To learn more about the Defending Immigrants Partnership, to see analyses of the law of several states, and to access a national resource library on the immigration consequences of crimes, go to www.defendingimmigrants.org. To access free on-line resources created by the ILRC, including the Quick Reference Chart and Notes for California Convictions or Arizona convictions, see below.
As a part of the national Immigrant Justice Network (IJN), the ILRC works to build an organized effort to eliminate unjust immigration penalties for immigrants entangled in the criminal justice system and to end the criminalization of our immigrant communities through legislative advocacy, public education, outreach, organizing, collaborating and media and messaging. To learn more about IJN go to www.immigrantjusticenetwork.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1990 the ILRC has published California Criminal Law and Immigration, aka "the Bible," an in-depth analysis of Ninth Circuit and administrative law for immigration and criminal defense counsel representing non-citizens. This book has been expanded, reorganized and updated, and now is entitled Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit: Impact of Crimes under California and Other State Law. The new, two-volume edition of Defending Immigrants, updated through April 2008, is available now. To order it go to here.
The ILRC presents seminars and webinars on a variety of topics involving immigration consequences of crimes, as well as enforcement of immigration law by state and local authorities. In addition, the ILRC, in cooperation with the Law Offices of Norton Tooby, presents full-day seminars on immigration consequences of crimes to immigration and criminal defense attorneys. Our annual seminars take place in Los Angeles and San Francisco. See seminars.
The ILRC provides consultation services on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, to assist criminal defense attorneys to better advise and defend their clients, and to assist immigration attorneys to argue that their clients are not removable or are eligible for relief. There is a lower fee for offices of the Public Defender. See consultations.