"Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Justice Network, and the National Immigrant Justice Center invite you to join a free webinar on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 2 – 3:30 PM EST (1 – 2:30 PM CST) to learn more about the skyrocketing increase in federal prosecutions of immigration offenses.
Immigration cases now constitute 40 percent of all federal criminal cases. The vast majority of these cases involve illegal entry and illegal reentry; i.e. entering the US illegally and reentering after deportation. The sheer volume of immigration cases has overwhelmed federal courts along the border and led to procedural shortcuts, including group trials where nearly every defendant pleads guilty and one attorney can represent over 30 to 40 clients at a time. These prosecutions affect not only first-time migrants, but also long-term residents of the US who are desperate to return to their families after deportation. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a new initiative to address over-criminalization and reduce the federal prison population, but the reforms considered thus far have failed to address the tens of thousands of nonviolent immigration offenders who are sentenced to prison each year.
The webinar will cover the tremendous human and financial costs of immigration prosecutions and advocacy opportunities for immigration and criminal justice reform advocates."