Human rights program hosts pro bono immigration clinic

Human rights program hosts pro bono immigration clinic

In response to recent executive orders governing immigration, the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program (HRAP) hosted an immigration law clinic Feb. 28, 2017.

The clinic was open to University of Louisville students, staff and faculty looking for legal guidance regarding their immigration status. Five local attorneys -- Charlie Nett ('00), Ted Farell ('10), Duffy Trager ('10), Rachel Mendoza-Newton and Nima Kulkarni -- volunteered their time to provide free consults with attendees.

The program also included a general overview of and discussion about the new executive orders, as well as overall immigration and constitutional law frameworks led by Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, a co-director of HRAP.

HRAP's mission is to work "actively with other non-profits and stakeholders in the community to advance the human rights of immigrants, refugees and noncitizens."

HRAP fellow and Brandeis 2L Marianna Michaels organized and led the program in collaboration with Sarah Nuñez, assistant director of the Hispanic and Latin@ Initiative at UofL's Cultural Center. The Undocumented Student Resource Council also provided support.