This time of uncertainty makes the need for ABLE's services more necessary than ever. The right to legal representation is a key part of a larger movement to obtain justice and fairness for immigrants and refugees. The right to counsel in criminal cases does not exist in immigration proceedings. Only 37 percent of immigrants in deportation proceedings have legal representation, according to a September 2016 American Immigration Council Report. All foreign-born residents need a resource available to assist with possible immigration options.
As immigrants and refugees in northwest and west central Ohio face uncertainty about the future, ABLE is prepared to lead a multifaceted advocacy strategy, working with all relevant stakeholders, members of the city, county, and state administrations, faith communities, members of the business community, and union leaders. We need your help to make it happen.