Immigration Legal Defense & Wrap Around Services

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In 2019, Ramsey County partnered with the City of St. Paul and the Vera Institute for Justice to create an immigration legal defense fund. It consists of $100,000 from Ramsey County, $50,000 from Saint Paul and an additional $100,000 from one-time matching funds from the Vera Institute for Justice for a total of $250,000. A collaborative of immigration legal service providers was awarded a contract to provide representation to Ramsey County residents facing removal proceedings and who earn less than 200% of poverty guidelines.

In addition, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved another $100,000 specifically for wrap around services to support refugee and immigrant families who are experiencing or have loved ones going through removal proceedings.

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Pilot program for 2019