NSC Community Legal Defense
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ABOUT

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DEPORTATION AND DETENTION DEFENSE

NSC Community Legal Defense launched on January 11, 2019 to provide essential support to empower the community to aggressively fight to preserve family unity and ensure due process for all. 

To further this goal, NSC Defense employs a model of legal defense that is structured to respond to the current administration’s aggressive and ever-changing assault on immigrant communities. This model is simple. When the government engages in unjust and unlawful practices that result in the separation of families, the detention of children and adults and the deportation of members of the community, NSC Defense rapidly responds by providing a comprehensive defense by seeking relief in the Federal Court through litigation while at the same time engaging the community to be part of the defense strategy. By doing so, NSC Defense is able to provide the most effective and aggressive defense to ensure that families and communities are not torn apart by the unjust and unlawful actions of the federal government.

NSC Defense is also committed to supporting community and building community. It partners with law school clinics, pro bono law firms, community based organization, and elected officials to stand together in fighting for immigrant rights. NSC Defense is unique in that it is truly a community embedded legal defense effort, driven by a relentless direct-services provider approach in zealously protecting our communities rights against racist, xenophobic, and unlawful attacks that violate the law and human decency.

 

OUR TEAM

Photograph by Ariel Zambelich/The Intercept

Photograph by Ariel Zambelich/The Intercept

Sarah Gillman, Legal Director

Sarah Gillman is a co-Legal Director of NSC Community Legal Defense. Sarah has been defending non-citizens who are detained and facing removal since 2007. She has an extensive background in defending detained non-citizens in proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and in the Federal Courts. Sarah was instrumental in the development of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, the nation’s first public defender system for detained non-citizens funded by the New York City Council. Sarah is a graduate of Earlham College and CUNY School of Law. Sarah also lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Photograph by Meredith Zinner

Photograph by Meredith Zinner

Gregory Copeland, Legal Director

Gregory Copeland is a co-Legal Director of NSC Community Legal Defense. Prior to NSC Defense, Gregory worked as a Supervising Attorney in the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project and built a prominent rapid response Federal immigration litigation practice along with Sarah Gillman at a non-profit. He also worked as a litigator at the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He left private practice following the announcement of racist and unlawful Muslim ban in 2017. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Gregory has extensive experience litigating civil rights issues, with a particular focus on the writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. Districts Courts. He too lives in Brooklyn, NY - with his hound dogs Wilbur and Myrna.

 

 
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“[O]urs is a government of laws, not of men,” and that personal liberty is guaranteed by the great writ of habeas corpus, which “secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume.”
— Lopez v. Sessions, 18 Civ. 4189 (RWS), at *2-3 (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 12, 2018) (citing John Adams, Novanglus Papers, No. 7 (1774) & Letter from Thomas Jefferson to A.H. Rowan (Sept. 26, 1798)).
 
 

OUR WORK

NSC Community Legal Defense approaches all cases as direct services providers - we zealously and aggressively fight against injustice - while seeking to expand the impact of defense efforts to benefit the larger community.

Below are some selected examples of our work to date.

 
Photograph by Mark Abramson/The New York Times

Photograph by Mark Abramson/The New York Times

Family Separation & Jailing Children

To come.


Photograph by Ariel Zambelich/The Intercept

Photograph by Ariel Zambelich/The Intercept

Emergency Response

To come.


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Photograph by Photo_Grapher's/Shutterstock

Prolonged & indigence based detention

To come.


Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

pretextual Gang Allegations

To come.


Photograph by Spencer Platt / Getty

Photograph by Spencer Platt / Getty

RACIST ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS BY ICE

To come.


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Our Office

NSC Community Legal Defense

81 Prospect Street, WeWork Suite 7000, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Email: info@nscdefense.org