Ruskin Piedra is the founder and director of the Juan Neumann Center, an organization tied to the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, which provides low-cost legal services to immigrants, many of whom are Latino and hail from the surrounding Sunset Park area. Piedra is a busy man. He manages about 3,000 cases, including undocumented immigrants seeking to adjust their status or who are facing deportation or seeking asylum. Piedra is not an attorney, but he has taken many courses in immigration law and procedure that qualify him to appear in immigration court. In New York, many nonprofits and charitable organizations employ representatives like Piedra who often charge less than an attorney. … ‘If you have legal representation, the possibility of getting your just day in court increases exponentially,’ said Michele Pistone, an expert in immigration law and Catholic social thought at Villanova University School of Law. A report by the American Bar Association found that asylum seekers are up to six times more likely to win their case with representation. According to government statistics, last year, of the 290,000 immigration cases that were completed, about 40 percent appeared without legal counsel, a figure that was of ‘great concern’ to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the federal department that oversees immigration cases.