Stopping the Deportation of Oregonians
One in ten Oregonians is an immigrant. Under a federal administration focused on stigmatization, fear-mongering, and the mass detention and removal of persons who are not citizens, Immigrant Defense Oregon exists to provide information and legal services that support and prepare our non-citizen community members for confronting and resisting these efforts. We focus on serving and educating Oregonians who are at risk of detention and deportation. We reject the political climate of negative stigmatization of persons who have uncertain immigration legal status and actively seek to be a project that recognizes and values the diversity, differences and complexity of our communities. For these reasons, Metropolitan Public Defender has launched Immigrant Defense Oregon.
At this time of crisis, we have created a team of immigration attorneys to defend Oregonians who have been targeted for deportation, to educate our communities on deportation proceedings and ongoing changes in immigration enforcement, and to ensure that our immigrant neighbors understand their rights and due process protections within the U.S. immigration system. We exist within a growing network of legal and direct-service providers within the Portland community and are committed to the shared vision of standing in solidarity and support with our immigrant communities.
Metropolitan Public Defender has been fighting to protect the civil rights of marginalized communities within Oregon for 45 years. Immigrant Defense Oregon is housed within MPD's Community Law Division, which serves to mitigate the impact of the criminal justice system by reducing the barriers to employment, housing, education, and other opportunities.
Support Your Neighbors and Stop Deportation Now
The most critical and unmet need for immigrants in the Portland community is access to counsel when placed in removal proceedings. When the government begins the process of deporting a non-citizen, the individual does not have a right to counsel if they cannot afford it - subjecting them to a complicated immigration proceeding without the guidance of legal counsel. IDO's goal is to ensure universal representation for Oregonians in removal proceedings through direct representation and collaboration with our community partners.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SUPPORT
Our attorneys work with several community organizations in Portland to individually meet the needs of the Oregon's immigrant community. In addition to individual consults, IDO has developed various presentations and trainings around ICE enforcement and removal proceedings to educate our community during these uncertain times.
The Padilla Project
Contact with the criminal justice system can place a non-citizen person at risk for deportation, particularly under the Trump administration's new enforcement policies. MPD's Padilla Project provides advice to criminal defense attorneys across the state of Oregon on the potential immigration consequences of criminal charges. This work is being expanded to create public resources and practice guides on this complicated area of the law, as well provide assistance to immigration attorneys and nonprofits to expand their capacity to take on clients with previous charges or convictions.
Through collaboration with other immigration nonprofits, IDO hopes to assist in expanding the capacity of our legal community to take on cases by offering our crimmigration expertise to attorneys and exchanging referrals with other legal nonprofit organizations.
Metropolitan Public Defender
MPD is a private, non-profit law firm committed to providing high-quality criminal defense for indigent clients. Established in 1971, the Oregon firm has offices in Multnomah County, Portland, OR, and in Washington County, Hillsboro, OR. It is the mission of MPD to deliver the best possible representation to clients in court-appointed cases ranging from misdemeanor to felony cases, also including capital defense, juvenile, and civil commitment proceedings.