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Consultations for Detained Immigrants
The Minnesota Detention Project is a joint project of the Advocates for Human Rights, and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota with the valuable support of many volunteers. Through the Minnesota Detention Project, The Advocates provides consultations and representation to immigration detainees at their initial appearances in Immigration Court. Volunteers from the legal community, including the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of St. Thomas Law School clinics participate in this effort, unique in the United States.  This is the only opportunity for the vast majority of the hundreds of non-citizens detained by immigration authorities in Minnesota to meet with an attorney prior to their removal hearings.
If you have a friend or family member who has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Minnesota, he or she will likely meet with a Detention Project volunteer the first time he or she goes to Court. Due to limited resources, The Advocates is not able to consult with detainees before the first court appearance. If you have a friend or family member who is detained outside of Minnesota, there may be different resources available. For more information about immigration detention around the country, please see