There is no public defender system that provides free representation to detained immigrants. Through our Community Education Program for Detained Adults, Esperanza staff members work with all unrepresented detainees in Adelanto who request our services. The population that we serve includes men and women from many different countries who find themselves detained. Some have been in the U.S. for many years, while others have recently arrived in the country seeking asylum.


Group Orientations

Group orientations are presented to adult detainees at Adelanto who attend our program sessions, including those who have hired a private attorney. Subjects covered in the class includes:

  • Types of removal proceedings 

  • The requirements necessary to qualify for immigration bond

  • The most common criminal convictions that have immigration consequences; and

  • The requirements of different types of legal claims that would qualify a person to stay lawfully in the United States.


Individual Legal Orientations

After group orientations, Esperanza staff meet with as many unrepresented detainees individually as possible.  We continue our teaching and explaining of the law, explain the consequences of alternative choices in the immigration process, and answer questions about the law.



Esperanza attorneys and staff also offer advanced classes to individuals who are pursuing the same types of claims in their immigration hearings.  For example, we offer advanced classes on asylum law and on a defense for long-time lawful residents, called Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents.  In these classes we teach the law of a particular claim in much more detail than in our general overview class. 


Legal Representation

Esperanza is able to take on a small number of detained cases from Adelanto. We refer cases to other non-profit organizations whenever possible.  


Services we offer for detained adults are given in the following facilities:

  • Adelanto Detention Facility

LOP staff come to Adelanto on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.


All detainees are welcome to attend a program session. In order to attend they must write their name on a sign-up sheet that is posted inside their dorm. Program staff cannot call any individual detainee to attend. We are happy to provide our services to everyone who attends, though individual orientations and workshops are limited to unrepresented individuals.

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