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Tell Congress: Expand the Legal Orientation Program for Asylum Seekers

Too often, asylum seekers who come to the United States are stuck in jails or jail-like facilities without knowing their rights or understanding U.S. immigration procedures. To address this problem, the Department of Justice established the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), which has received bi-partisan praise for providing information to immigrants in detention. The program also coordinates pro bono legal counsel.

But despite its success, the program is available in only 25 of the 250 detention centers in the United States—reaching about 15% of immigration detainees. That's why President Obama is proposing to expand this program in fiscal year (FY) 2013.

Please help persecuted refugees by urging your representatives to support expansion of this vital program.

*Human Rights First does not accept government funding and therefore is not an "LOP provider."