Immigrant Justice Clinic

Immigrant Justice Clinic

In the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC), law students, working in teams under the supervision of clinical faculty, represent noncitizen clients in a variety of immigration matters; engage in immigrant rights’ advocacy projects; and conduct intakes at immigration detention centers in conjunction with attorneys from the PAIR Project.

The types of cases that IJC students handle include applications for asylum, U-visas, T-visas, and other forms of relief, as well as bond hearings in Immigration Court. Students manage all aspects of their cases, including interviewing, fact development, legal research, drafting and oral advocacy.

[Left to right: Zoe Bowman ’21, Rebecca Sparks ’24, Nora Doherty ‘24, Noelle Gulick ‘24, Blessing Eyee ’23, Jennifer Gonzales ‘24 and Ali Chaudhary ‘23 spent a week volunteering for the El Paso-based Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in April 2023]]

In April 2023, IJC, through the generosity of donors, sent six students and a graduate leader to the southern border to assist Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, a nonprofit organization based in El Paso, Texas, that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees in West Texas and New Mexico. Las Americas has served more 40,000 people from more 77 countries since its inception in 1987. (more)

In  2019, clinic students traveled to Dilley, Texas, home to the nation’s largest family detention center. At the 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center, immigrant mothers and children — mostly fleeing extreme violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — need lawyers. The students assisted the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign, which operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that offers direct representation. (more)

Students have also won asylum cases, including the grant of asylum for a woman and her son from Mexico that was the culmination of almost a year of clinic work among six different students and the two faculty members, Professor Rachel Rosenbloom and Professor Hemanth Gundavaram.

In 2018, students documented the harmful effects of arrests of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at courthouses in Massachusetts.
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Professor Hemanth Gundavaram (center), director of the clinic, with students.

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