Announcing: Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2016 Class

Announcing: Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2016 Class

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Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce the third class of Immigrant Justice Corps fellows.  They are the most motivated, skilled new immigration lawyers and advocates in America, and we are so proud they are beginning their careers with us.

These 25 new lawyers – along with eight new college graduates – will serve immigrant families throughout the New York metropolitan region.  They come from Harvard, Yale, Penn, Brown, and Berkeley, and from NYU, Columbia, Brooklyn Law School, Pace, and CUNY.  More than half of them are first generation immigrants and four are DACA recipients.  They come from all over the country.  They speak Spanish, French, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Turkish, and Soninke.

They are:

Justice Fellow Law School Language Skill Host Placement
Lupe Aguirre UC Berkeley Spanish, French Empire Justice Center
Setenay Akdag Brooklyn Turkish, Spanish Lutheran Social Services
Anna Beyers Harvard Sauti Yetu
Frances Dávila NYU Spanish, Arabic Bronx Defenders
Elizabeth Gibson Georgetown French NYLAG
Leah Glowacki University of Texas Spanish CARECEN
Alex Holtzman Ohio State Spanish Safe Passage Project
Jonathan Hurley Yale Spanish, Portuguese Bronx Defenders
Matthew Johnson University of Arizona Spanish Immigration Equality
Angelica Juarbe Columbia Spanish, French Atlas DIY
Katie Kavanagh NYU Spanish Legal Aid Society
Kathryn Kimball American Spanish Legal Services of New York
Cecilia Lopez American Spanish Catholic Charities
Amelia Marritz NYU Spanish, Portuguese Brooklyn Defender Services
Cristina Manzano Boston College Spanish The Door
Natalie Maust Northwestern Spanish Legal Aid Society
Lindsay Mullet Harvard Spanish Lutheran Social Services
Luis Rosario Rodriguez Pace Spanish Catholic Charities
Jill Rudge Brooklyn Spanish Sanctuary for Families
Amandeep Singh NYU Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic Catholic Migration Services
Shanti Tharayil Michigan Spanish Urban Justice Center, Sex Workers Project
Carlos Valenzuela New York Law School Spanish Safe Passage Project
Erika Vera Columbia Spanish The Door
Noelle Yasso Penn French, Spanish Catholic Migration Services
Razeen Zaman Fordham Bengali Legal Services of New York


Community Fellow College Language Skill  
Kujegi Camara Princeton Soninke/Serahule
Sergio Rodriguez Camarena Pomona Spanish, French
Cassandra Chee Furman Spanish
Geovanni Gutierrez-Vivar Hunter Spanish
Sandra K. Guzman UC Berkeley Spanish
Jake Hazen Haverford Arabic
Karen Normil Brown Haitian Creole, French
Arturo Urena John Jay Spanish


They will be placed at excellent non-profits in the five boroughs, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley.  Four new hosts will join our roster next year – Catholic Migration Services, Lutheran Social Services, Safe Passage Project, and Sauti Yetu – and 12 current hosts will be awarded new fellows.

Our new Justice and Community Fellows begin the program on September 1, 2016 with three intensive weeks of training.  More than 40 of the city’s top immigration practitioners volunteer their time to train Immigrant Justice Corps fellows.  This experience is unique in immigration law and in any field of public interest law – it is an opportunity for the fellows to develop lifelong professional connections with one another and with the leaders in their field.

The support of Robin Hood, our founding incubator, continues to guide the program.  This fall the Leon Levy Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Spitzer Charitable Trust will join Robin Hood, the JPB Foundation, Oak Foundation, Draper Richards Kaplan, New York Community Trust, Pinkerton Foundation, William E. Simon Foundation, and Carnegie Foundation in supporting Immigrant Justice Corps.

Together, Immigrant Justice Corps has represented more than 2,000 families in complex immigration matters.  We have screened more than 5,000 people for relief, and filed 1,990 applications for green cards, citizenship, DACA, and more.  Our fellows win for their clients 93% of the time.  On rotation to the internment camps in Texas, where mothers and children seeking refuge from violence are jailed, our fellows have helped more than 1,000 families.

Thank you for your engagement and support of this vision and these results.  Immigrant Justice Corps has an extraordinary board – Bill Zabel, Judge Katzmann, Robert Morgenthau, Alina Das, Sarah Burr, Steve Kuhn, and Stephanie Khurana – with a steadfast commitment to the organization and its mission.