The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available, at no charge, to protect the due process rights of detained immigrants, SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense case arising out of recent and anticipated immigration enforcement actions.

The project is led by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  It will begin at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, in collaboration with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, the Innovation Law Lab and the American Immigration Representation Project. It will then be expanded to other immigrant detention centers throughout the Southeast.

For more information or to get involved, visit SIFI's website

If you are headed to Lumpkin & need access to the training materials, click here (password required)

Welcome to Team SIFI

Removal Defense

Understanding U.S. Immigration Framework & Key Legal Concepts

Understanding Immigration Adjudication

Understanding Immigrant Detention Authority under the INA

Understanding the Grounds of Inadmissibility

Understanding Removal Proceedings

Understanding the Grounds of Deportability

Fleeing Persecution

Asylum Overview - Module 1

Persecution - Module 2

Persecutor - Module 3

Well Founded Fear - Module 4

Political Opinion - Module 5

Particular Social Group - Module 6

Race, Religion, Nationality - Module 7

Nexus - Module 8

One Year Bar - Module 9

Discretion, Other Bars - Module 10

Credibility- Module 11

Asylum Experts - Module 12



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As a nonprofit organization, Innovation Law Lab relies on generous contributions from supporters like you to continue our important work of upholding the rights of immigrants and refugees. Stand with immigrants and refugees making a contribution today