Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Externship - Spring 2016
Kathleen Maloney and Cristina Romero, Lecturers-in-Law (2 graded academic and 3 ungraded clinical credits)
The recent humanitarian crisis at the border underscores the urgent need for legal representation for immigrant children facing deportation. This externship provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice immigration and family law through the lens of child advocacy. Unaccompanied immigrant youth are children under the age of 18 who have been apprehended at the U.S. border without traditional caregivers. Following their detention at federal facilities, children are released to sponsors and placed in removal proceedings in immigration court where they do not have the right to a lawyer. Through both the field work and the seminar of this externship, students will develop relevant legal, analytical and lawyering skills while serving immigrant youth from intake to appellate phases of their cases.
The seminar will explore the intersection of immigration law, family law and criminal law. It will analyze the ethical challenges representing unaccompanied minors present and deconstruct the U.S. government’s immigration policies and their impact on communities.
Working under the supervision of two attorneys, up to 8 externs will provide legal services to these children, including representing them at hearings in family court and immigration court.
To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter or statement of interest to [email protected] and [email protected] by Monday, Nov. 2nd, 2015.