Equity Corps of Oregon (ECO) was created to empower immigrant Oregonians and improve fair case outcomes by providing free, quality legal defense to every income-eligible immigrant who is at risk of deportation. ECO’s Massive Collaborative Representation model ensures high-quality legal representation and uses innovative technology to scale its services. Ultimately, ECO is designed to create a counter-structure that supports positive rule of law norms for all Oregonians in immigration court proceedings.
This report would not have been possible without the contributions of many individuals and organizations, including Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, Causa, El Programa Hispano, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Immigration Counseling Service, Latino Network, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Metropolitan Public Defenders, Oregon Ready, Pueblo Unido, Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and all the activists and organizers who have helped make ECO a success. Support and public funding provided by the State of Oregon; the Governor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Multnomah County; and the City of Portland have been critical. ECO is proud to serve the public interest and to honor the contributions and commitment of these public partners.