Pangea provides full-scope legal representation to immigrants in both detained and non-detained immigration court proceedings. Our services are low fee and free, and our clients are newcomers and long-term residents in the United States. We focus on providing representation in the area of deportation defense; approximately 80% of our clients are in deportation proceedings.
We represent detained immigrants in bond proceedings, removal hearings, and in encounters with ICE and asylum officials. We believe that no person should be detained for exercising their freedom to move, and are working hard with our clients, families, and our partner organizations to expose the harm immigration detention inflicts on individuals and entire communities.
We believe that everyone has the right to move and resettle around the world with dignity and respect. That’s why we work to stop deportations in immigration court and find a way for people to remain in the U.S. with their families and loved ones.
Pangea is dedicated to making high quality legal services more accessible to immigrant communities. We offer pro-bono and low-bono services in for individuals in removal proceedings and those currently being held in immigrant detention.
Pangea also strives to build a community-led deportation defense model that does more than provide high-quality representation. We create space for our clients to become agents of change in their communities by connecting them with local grassroots groups and opportunities to share their stories with the public, media, and elected officials.
Pangea’s Community Forum Project creates a safe space for clients to openly share their experiences and common fears without feeling targeted and exposed. The project aims to end isolation, explore possible solutions to our struggles, and identify ways to come together as a community.
Migra Watch is a network of neighborhood defense teams across the Bay Area and the United States that protects immigrant communities against ICE raids. Our teams employ rapid response technology to provide impacted community members with a 24/7 hotline (203-NO-MIGRA) to report raids.
Pangea attorneys create space for community-led deportation defense strategies through public campaigns, which involve creating petitions, outreach to media, and engagement with elected officials. Public campaigns provide an avenue for our clients to speak up about the wider systemic issues that their cases embody.
We recognize that laws have a direct impact on our lives. We create space for our clients and community to advocate for pro-immigrant legislation and policies at the local, state and international levels. Our advocacy is informed by and centered on the community we serve.
Pangea works with coalitions at the local level in San Francisco (FREE-SF) and Santa Clara County (FIRE) to enact pro-immigrant legislation that protects our communities from detention and deportation.
Pangea advocates for immigrant-friendly legislation on the state and national levels. Our priorities are led by the voices of our clients and community members.
Pangea believes that every person, including those who have crossed international borders, has the right to be treated with dignity. These human rights exist in international law, and can be found in the International Migrants Bill of Rights. Pangea uses the International Migrants Bill of Rights to engage in regional and international human rights advocacy.