Today, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that the city will provide financial support to provide legal representation for local immigrant facing deportation, as part of OSI-Baltimore’s Safe City Baltimore initiative.

These funds will be matched by the Vera Institute of Justice, which today announced that it had partnered with Baltimore and 10 other cities to provide defense to immigrants facing deportation.

Next Wednesday, November 15th at 10 am, OSI-Baltimore and Mayor Pugh’s will hold a joint press conference at City Hall to announce all of the Safe City Baltimore grantees and more information about the initiative.

This Vox story has more information on the massive difference that legal representation makes in the chances that a detained immigrant will be able to stay in the U.S.

Posted in Baltimore Justice Report