The ACLU calls it a crisis. In the past decade, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) has detained 3 million immigrants. In the past 5 years, 1 million have been deported. Along the way, human rights are trampled.
Students in this clinic represent non-citizens facing deportation. They participate in initial interviews, case development, witness preparation, oral arguments, and cross-examination. They also may work on securing release of detainees on bond as part of a project co-directed by the Political Asylum and Immigrant Representation Project and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Besides deportation cases, students have sought U-visas, political asylum, and special immigrant juvenile status for clients. They’ve helped prepare amicus briefs, and challenged the conduct of house-to-house raids.
Time commitment is substantial, especially in the first semester when students participate in an intensive simulation as well as work on Clinic cases. Wednesday mornings must be kept free for visits to Suffolk County Jail and an hour is scheduled each week for supervision.
Completion or current enrollment is required in Immigration Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure. A Trial Practice course also is helpful. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or other languages besides English is preferred.