Announcing: Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2016 Class
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.
|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|
|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|
|Sergio Rodriguez Camarena||Pomona||Spanish, French|
|Sandra K. Guzman||UC Berkeley||Spanish|
|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.