The ADDA is an organization of and for deportation defense attorneys in the New York City metropolitan area.

Who We Are

The ADDA is dedicated to serving as a voice for the deportation defense bar and improving the fairness and humanity of deportation proceedings. We also serve as a resource for the press, Congressional offices, and individuals and stakeholders interested in learning more about how our Immigration Courts function, and how they can be improved.


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July 15, 2020

(Many Thanks to Board Member, Paul O’Dwyer, For Preparing & Submitting this letter on Behalf of ADDA!)

Dear Assistant Director Reid:

The Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys (ADDA) submits the following comments to DHS/USCIS and DOJ/ EOIR in response and opposition to the above-referenced NPRM issued by the Departments on June 15, 2020. We believe that...


ADDA letter to EOIR

March 23rd, 2020

Attn: Administrative Chief Immigration Judge Kevin Mart & Court Administrator Paul Freidman

Dear ACIJ Mart & Mr. Friedman,

This past Wednesday we wrote to each of you on behalf of the Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys. We sought to communicate the urgency of the current COVID-19 crisis, and the need for decisive action on the part of the EOIR, and ICE, in order to ....

COVID-19 Court Letter

March 17th, 2020

Attn: Administrative Chief Immigration Judge Kevin Mart & Court Administrator Paul Freidman

Dear ACIJ Mart & Mr. Friedman,

The Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys, Inc. is an organization of approximately 150 immigration attorneys whose practices involve the defense of non-citizens in deportation-removal proceedings. Nearly all of our members are experienced  practitioners who appear before the New York City Immigration Courts on a daily or weekly basis. Many of our members are over 60 years of age and are in the group of individuals most at risk ...

Past Events:

February 27th, 2020 - COME FILL YOUR CUP: You can't pour from an empty cup...take care of yourself first.

A panel of individuals will lead us as we explore some ways to take care of ourselves in these trying times.  Learn how important mindfulness is to keeping you grounded with the the challenges we face as immigration attorneys.

December 19 - ADDA Holiday Celebration

Honoring Anne Pilsbury, of the Central American Legal Assistance (CALA), for her many years of exemplary service to the immigrant community.

(Event Generously Subsidized by Youman, Madeo and Fasano, LLP)

January 16th, 2020 - PREPARING WINNING MOTIONS TO RE-OPEN - Panelist & Coordinator: Former Immigration Judge, Jeffrey S. Chase

A panel of former Immigration Judges will present a survey of key points to raise when preparing your motion; guidance on structuring your motion; and will discuss requirements for raising a claim of ineffective assistance by prior counsel.  

November 21 - Best Practices Before the B.I.A.

Lory Rosenberg, a distinguished immigration attorney, and former member of the B.I.A., be provided our members with an overview of “Best Practices Before the B.I.A.”


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