SF Considers Precedent-Setting Ordinance to Provide Access to Counsel for Children

Contact: Marie Vincent (415-254-0475)

                 Immigration Attorney and Co-Director, Pangea Legal Services 

Bay Area Refugees, Children, Families, and Communities stand up for the Right to Counsel 

A significant measure is being taken by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to provide pro bono access to counsel for unaccompanied children on the rocket docket.  Supervisor Campos has introduced an ordinance that would appropriate $1.2 million a year for two years in order to fund legal services for children in removal proceedings.  The potential impact of this precedent-setting ordinance could be huge as other counties and municipalities consider funding similar access to counsel efforts.  Please refer to the policy analysis report and text of the ordinance here. 

On September 10, 2014 at 11:30am, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Budget & Finance Committee will consider the ordinance and whether to forward it to the full Board of Supervisors with recommendation for approval.  All community members are encouraged to participate in the press conference and the committee hearing to explain why this funding is critical to address the refugee crisis and due process for our children.   

Where:      San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102)

When:       September 10, 2014 

Time:        10:30am (Press Conference - Steps of City Hall) 

                    11:30 am (Budget & Finance Committee Hearing - Room 250 City Hall) 

What:       Bay Area Refugees, Children, Families, and Communities stand up for the

                   Right to Counsel