Appleseed and our Centers have worked on immigration for many years and assumed an important national role.
Almost a decade ago, a trade association representing a group of depository institutions approached Appleseed and pointed out that when immigrants leave the U.S., they often leave children and assets behind. Depository institutions want physical assets returned to the rightful owner rather than have them languish in a bank or credit union.
In response, Appleseed worked with several pro bono partners to draft its first “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families” in 2009. The Guide, also known as the Deportation Manual, was updated in 2012 and again in 2017 and 2018. This publication is available in English and Spanish and has been distributed to hundreds of thousands of attorneys, social workers, child welfare professionals, tax and insurance specialists, psychologists, immigration advocates and more.
Over the course of the last decade, Appleseed’s national network office has merged forces with several of our Centers, as well as important pro bono partners to undertake complementary issues (listed in reverse chronological order):