ECO IMPACT

A National Leader In Universal Representation​

Empowering Communities: The Impact of Universal Legal Representation on Immigration Justice

Background

Equity Corps of Oregon (ECO) continues to build a strong workforce and create a welcoming and meaningfully inclusive approach to a modern, prosperous, equitable Oregon civic society. Resilient, skilled, and striving asylum-seekers and immigrants continue to believe in Oregon and come to Oregon as they seek a place to call home. Oregon is lucky to have its strong immigrant inclusive programs such as ECO that provide fast, direct, and scalable immigration legal services to Oregonians from all walks of life.

Oregon employers bear the high turnover costs of hiring, training, and lost productivity when their employees are unnecessarily detained and deported. If a family’s breadwinner is deported, family members face housing and food insecurity and children must cope with the incredible trauma of family separation, with long-lasting psychological impacts. Children’s school attendance and performance are also negatively affected, increasing their likelihood of dropping out and earning significantly less as adults.

For Oregon, this means greater and expanded prosperity for all.

Reports

Within the provided impact reports, you will find a detailed breakdown of the number of individuals who have benefited from the ECO program, as well as the monetary amounts allocated and the breakdown of their allocation.


By The Numbers

Universal Representation continues the work of a pilot program, funded by Multnomah County, the City of Portland, and the State of Oregon, which has provided attorney access to immigrant Oregonians facing deportation since October 2018. As of early 2023, under the program 4,714 Oregonians in 24 counties have enrolled and received services through ECO 16% of those enrolled are rare or indigenous language speakers.

Oregonians in 24 countries have enrolled and started receiving ECO services​
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women and girls victimized by sexual or physical violence have received assistance
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enrollees are minor children, including 456 who arrived to this country without a parent or legal guardian
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Oregonians who faced violence or persecution were empowered to request asylum
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Oregonians have been assisted with work authorization applications
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Passing Universal Representation In Oregon​

In 2022, after years of grassroots advocacy by the immigrant community and immigrant justice organizations, the Oregon Legislature passed a law to bring us closer to achieving universal legal representation.​

With the passage of SB 1543, the state legislature approved the establishment of Universal Representation for immigrant Oregonians. By reducing civic exclusions, family separation, deportation, and detention based on race and ethnicity, Universal Representation promotes due process and equitable access to justice for Oregon’s immigrant communities of color and advances the collective prosperity of all Oregonians.​

Funding allocated through SB 1543 in 2022 has been critical in building an effective statewide Universal Representation system:​

1 When new immigrant Oregonians have arrived to our state, Universal Representation has been able to help them navigate the complex immigration system, providing services that are critical to folks fleeing violence, persecution and extreme poverty. 

2 Universal Representation has successfully launched detained legal services and provided representation to 11 Oregonians in the last quarter.

3 A centralized statewide call center has been created to provide immigrant Oregonians with updates on their active cases.