About Equity Corps
The Equity Corps provides high-quality legal services to Oregonians at risk of deportation.


Create permanent pathways to immigrant inclusion through the provision of scalable, data-driven, and innovative legal defense strategies.


Equity Corps officially launched in the fall of 2018, with support from the City of Portland and Multnomah County. The program is the culmination of a years-long effort to create an innovative universal representation model to defend immigrant Oregonians from unjust and unlawful deportations and end civic exclusions on account of immigration status.

With immigrants’ rights increasingly under attack, immigrant communities of color are at greater risk of deportation. Many immigrant Oregonians lack the resources to find quality legal representation in removal proceedings. As a result, nearly half of respondents appear in the Portland Immigration Court without legal counsel. Without an attorney, respondents are far less likely to prevail against an unjust deportation.

Legal representation is often the difference between an immigrant exercising their rights and accepting an unfair outcome, between an asylum seeker receiving refuge or returning to a life-threatening situation, and between a family with mixed residency status staying together and being split apart. Immigrants who are represented in removal proceedings are fifteen times more likely to apply for relief and five-and-a-half times more likely to win their cases and prevail against unjust deportations when compared to their non-represented counterparts.

Over time, the program aims to scale to provide legal representation for every eligible Oregonian facing removal proceedings in the Portland Immigration Court without the financial ability to secure a private attorney and support those who are seeking affirmative immigration services. Thanks to generous support from the State of Oregon, Equity Corps provides legal assistance to immigrants statewide.