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.

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Osman 21 Chosen for Prestigious IJC Fellowship
Khalafalla Osman ’21 has been named to the Class of 2021 Justice Fellows by the Immigrant JusticeCorp (IJC). Each year, IJC awards Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates and law clerks from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and for immigrants. (more)

Northeastern Law Students Offer Assistance at Immigration Detention Center in Dilley, Texas
Dilley, Texas, is 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. In May 2019, Northeastern law students, under the auspices of the school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, helped meet that need. The students were assisting 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)

IJC Wins First Asylum Case
Immigrant Justice Clinic has won its first asylum case. The grant of asylum for a woman and her son from Mexico was the culmination of almost a year of clinic work among six different students and the two faculty directors, Rachel Rosenbloom and Hemanth Gundavaram. (more)

Immigrant Justice Clinic Achieves First Victory

05.21.18 — Northeastern Law's Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) has achieved its first victory. Students Tess Foley ’18 and Alicia Cook ’18 secured the release of their client from an immigration detention center.

“The students did an amazing job with a very tough case, securing a $2,500 bond for their client, which is extremely low in a case like this,” said Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of the IJC. “The client will be able to pursue her case without being behind bars and, most importantly, can enter a drug treatment program, which she is very motivated to do.”

The case was brought to the IJC by Connie Tran ’12, a staff attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services. When Tran heard about the launch of the clinic, she approached her former professor, IJC co-director Rachel Rosenbloom, to ask whether the clinic could take on this case. The client, who has been in the US for many years and has two US-citizen children, was in criminal court on a minor charge. The criminal court judge was willing to release her to enter a drug treatment facility, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) picked her up at the courthouse. When that happened, the clinic stepped in.

“The students rose to the task of standing up against the government’s detention of the client,” Tran said. “After weeks of meticulous preparation, investigation and planning, they grabbed the attention of the immigration judge and everyone in the room when they told the client’s emotional story of trauma and loss.”

“The opportunity to work on a bond case was an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Cook. “This case allowed us to hone our advocacy skills by appearing in court multiple times, but also enabled us to see the important difference that representation can have in a client’s life.” Foley added that “winning the bond for our client truly served as the highlight of our work in the clinic.”

The students did not stop there, however. In providing holistic representation, Foley and Cook contacted numerous organizations and individuals and secured the $2,500 bond amount for the client.

“This is a perfect example of the twin goals of the clinic in serving both the experiential education and public service missions of the school,” said Gundavaram. “The students received incredible experience interviewing the client in detention, researching her case, writing the motion and arguing in immigration court. At the time, we were able to represent and help a valuable and vulnerable member of our community get her freedom back.”

Report Documents Harmful Effects of Immigration Enforcement at Massachusetts Courthouses
A new report released on March 2, 2018, by the Northeastern University School of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic documents the harmful effects of arrests of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at courthouses in Massachusetts.
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