The Immigration Program at VLP
VLP’s Immigration Program has served an array of the foreign-born people. VLP is proud to be part of several diverse projects:
The New York Immigration Family Unity Program (NYIFUP)
NYIFUP, funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, creates a “public defender” style program for people detained at Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY. Our services are offered to all financially eligible detained people who do not otherwise have an attorney.
Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking
The Immigration Program is also funded to represent non-citizen survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking through contracts with Neighborhood Legal Services and the International Institute of Buffalo. We help these vulnerable clients obtain immigration status so they may begin independent safe lives here in Western New York. We also serve as the non-profit attorney representative on the WNY Human Trafficking Task Force and Alliance along with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, federal and local prosecutors, and anti-trafficking social service providers.
In addition, VLP recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono attorneys to represent both detained and non detained noncitizens in removal proceedings, focusing primarily on asylum cases and waivers for long-term permanent residents.
Our Immigration Program is not limited to only the above. For more information about our Immigration Program, please call our Immigration Line directly at (716) 847-0662 x 301