Committee Reports

Statement from President Debra L. Raskin in Support of the Fair Day In Court for Kids Act of 2016


The Immigration and Nationality Law Committee (Farrin Anello, Chair) issued a statement in support of the federal Fair Day in Court for Kids Act (S.2540/H.R. 4646), which would provide appointed legal counsel for unaccompanied immigrant children and vulnerable adults in federal immigration court removal proceedings. The City Bar has long supported a right to legal representation in such proceedings. Requiring children or adults to defend themselves without counsel in adversarial proceedings that can lead to permanent separation from family and livelihood – and often to persecution, abuse, or torture – is fundamentally unfair and violates basic American values.