Increased Access to Justice for Undocumented Immigrants

Increased Access to Justice for Undocumented Immigrants

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Towards Justice announces a victory for undocumented immigrants who need to access federal court in forma pauperis. The in forma pauperis statute was intended to allow indigents access to the courts, but a vestigial social security number requirement on the in forma pauperis affidavit undermined that purpose by deterring poor, undocumented immigrants from seeking justice in court. At Towards Justice’s urging, the United States Courts removed that unnecessary requirement, and dramatically expanded access to justice. “Creating the perception that a social security number was required for an indigent person to file a claim in federal court was a barrier to justice for some of the most vulnerable among us,” explained Towards Justice Director of Litigation Alexander Hood. “Now, in every federal court in all 50 states, that barrier has been removed.”