Human Rights Monitoring in Immigration Court

The deportation machinery yields injustice in hundreds of thousands of cases each year. Immigration court hearings are open to the public, but few people outside of those facing deportation typically witness these proceedings.Court Observers bring transparency to the deportation system by being present, identifying procedural and systemic failures, and working to create a new standard of immigration justice. 

Court Observers attend hearings and report on issues of concern including access to counsel, family and community support, and interpretation; the manner of arrest; and the ability of individuals to raise defenses to deportation.

Hearings take place at over 50 immigration courts in 29 states, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Find an organized project or learn how to observe hearings at a court near you.