A Speedy Response
New York, February 18, 2015—U.S. immigration courts only accept paper copies of documents in asylum cases, so when eight Columbia Law School students traveled recently to Dilley, Texas to represent women and children held in a new government-run family detention center there, they packed a printer in their rented mini-van.
|A sign outside the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement family detention center in Dilley, Texas, where eight Columbia Law School students represented asylum seekers pro bono. (All photos courtesy of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic)|
|The clinic students were not allowed to bring laptops into the facility, so they returned to their car between client meetings to work on case filings. Amy (Tiantian) Zhu '15, left, prepares a document for one of her clients. At right, Catherine Y. Kim '15, left, and Professor Mukherjee work on cases in the clinic's rented van.|
|The shadow of Nicole Taykhman '16 outside the Dilley family detention center, which is run by Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit prison operator in the U.S.|