The Department of Homeland Security locks up more migrants than ever. In 2016, the average daily population of migrants in detention facilities was 34,000). The Trump administration has locked up even more reaching 42,000 humans each night. In these detention centers, people often find trauma, inhumane conditions, and isolation.
BorderX, a project of Innovation Law Lab, represents the most radical shift in access to legal representation, justice, and power at notoriously lawless adult immigration detention camps. BorderX trains, coordinates, and manages volunteers from around the country to allow under-resourced on-the-ground legal services organizations to scale their work and impact.
For thousands of disparate defenders of immigrant rights, BorderX is permanently embedding collaboration as a tool for change. For litigators, social scientists, and policy experts, BorderX is creating a backdrop of granular data to inform legal strategy, research, and policy recommendations. For detained immigrants, BorderX is creating a bridge to due process by making legal representation possible for those struggling to access justice from behind bars.