WDA’s Immigration Project
In recognition of the severe immigration consequences facing noncitizen defendants accused and convicted of crimes, the Washington Defender Association established the Immigration Project in 1999. The mission of WDA’s Immigration Project is to defend and advance the rights of noncitizens within the criminal justice system, noncitizens facing the immigration consequences of crimes, and noncitizens facing the detrimental impacts of selective state and federal enforcement policies post-9/11.
The WDA’s Immigration Project focuses its work on three areas:
- Providing case-by-case immigration-related technical assistance to criminal defense counsel representing noncitizens in criminal proceedings;
- Offering on-going training and education to criminal defenders, prosecutors, judges and other entities within the criminal justice system; and
- Participating in collaborative efforts to address issues aimed at making the criminal justice system more effective in dealing with immigrant defendants and their families.