Bond and Deportation Fund

LALDEF has launched the Bond and Deportation Fund, offering financial support on a first-come, first-served basis to assist families who have a family member in detention with bond or legal fees. We aim to assist as many low-income families within Mercer County as we can until our fund runs out.

We recognize one of many challenges for our community is the financial strain caused by having a loved one in detention or fighting deportation. Our fund would provide you with up to $1,000 to use towards bond or legal fees. If you are seeking support for yourself or a loved one, please complete the form below.After submitting your application, you will be contacted within 5-7 business days as to the status of your application and if you have been approved.

To apply, we require proof of financial need including, but not limited to, W2 statements, the most recent tax year's return, or a letter from your employer with earnings listed. Please include proof if your family receives any type of public benefit (SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, etc).

You must look for other funding options in addition to LALDEF’s Community Fund for Bond and Legal Support, as financial support from our organization is not guaranteed.

Please note that you should not apply for this funding if your court date or date to post bond is within 10 business days or less of the submission date of this application.

No referral is needed. If you have general questions or need support, contact Thelma Carrera at (609) 735-6591 or


We would like to extend our thanks to Nassau Presbyterian Church for their generous contribution to get this fund started. Please consider making a gift to the Fund in order to support the bond and deportation costs of others in our community. Every donation counts and can make a difference in preventing the separation of families in Mercer County. With your support we can make sure that our neighbors in deportation have legal representation and that those eligible for bond have the funds needed to be reunified with their loves ones. Make a donation today!