May 15, 2008
EOIR’s Legal Orientation Program –– Evaluation Report
by Vera Institute
Findings Show LOP Is Effective in Educating Detainees and Improving Court Efficiency
The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) has recently evaluated the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR’s) Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and issued a report on the impact and benefits of the program. The report indicates that the LOP successfully educates detained aliens in immigration removal proceedings to make more informed decisions about their cases, and also enhances efficiency in detention and immigration court processes.
EOIR has contracted with Vera –– a nonprofit justice policy organization –– to provide LOP services, as well as oversee and measure program performance. Vera’s report findings are based on calendar year 2006 data collected from six LOP sites during that time.
The findings for aliens participating in the LOP include:
Vera’s report is available online at http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/reports/LOPEvaluation-final.pdf.
The LOP informs detained aliens in immigration removal proceedings about the immigration court process, how to obtain legal representation or represent themselves pro se, and how to determine appropriate forms of relief from removal or expedite the removal process.
Representatives from nonprofit organizations provide:
The LOP has served more than 120,000 detainees since the program was established in 2003. Currently, the LOP is offered at the following sites: Eloy, Ariz.; Lancaster and San Diego, Calif.; Aurora, Colo.; Hudson County Jail and Middlesex County Jail, N.J.; Batavia, N.Y.; York, Pa.; El Paso, Houston, Pearsall, and Port Isabel, Texas; and Tacoma, Wash.
Additional information about EOIR’s Pro Bono and Legal Orientation Program is available on EOIR’s website at http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/probono/probono.htm.
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EOIR, an agency within the Department of Justice, is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three components: the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous immigration courts located throughout the United States where immigration judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of immigration judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to providing the fair, expeditious, and uniform interpretation and application of immigration law in all cases.
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