Going to court can be scary and confusing for anyone and attending a bond hearing in Immigration Court is no different. Reassuring and supporting your friend, family member, or loved one in the process leading up to the hearing can help lessen the stress and provide crucial help for their case. What is a bond? What is a bond hearing, and how does paying bond affect the outcome of the hearing?

The Bronx Defenders and The Immigrant Defense Project joined with CUP in order to create Freedom Together, an informational guide that helps family members, and friends support their loved ones during a bond hearing.This guide lays out steps that help support, encourage, and ease the stress of an immigration case. Readers learn how impactful their words, their presence, and their experiences are not only of the case but on the individual they are supporting.

Download your copy of the booklet here.

Spanish translation of this project is available here

Laws that determine who qualifies for bonds are changing across the county, so consult a legal representative near you to find out if you or your loved one qualify for a bond hearing. Click here for a national immigration legal services directory.

Resources & Links

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal, and social support services to indigent people in the Bronx.

The Immigrant Defense Project secures fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States.

Neil Donnelly is a graphic designer working across media with clients in art, architecture, publishing, and public service.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mid- America Arts Alliance, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. More Art For More People.

Special Thanks

Perla Baez, Ben Fehrman-Lee, Angela Galdamez, Christine Gaspar, Emily Guzmàn, Pedro Guzmàn, Deja Holden, Fielding Hong, Nick Johnson, Sarah Knight, Danielle Krumholz, Carol Larancuent, Craig Levine, Alex Lora, Ana Lilia Lorenzo, Suchi Mathur, Ian and Lola McDermott, Erika Molina, Rafael Monroy-Rojas, Oscar Nuñez, Walter Rodriguez, Nora Searle, Micheal Shannon, Nabila Taj, Sarah Thompson, Frampton Tolbert


  • CUP
  • Ingrid Haftel

  • The Bronx Defenders
  • Karelle Fonteneau
  • Courtney Lee

  • Immigrant Defense Project
  • Anthony Enriquez

  • Designer
  • Neil Donnelly