Emily Niemel

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Emily Niemel

Emily’s goal of becoming an immigration lawyer began as an abstract idea in high school and continued through her undergraduate studies.  She augmented her interest in immigration law by studying, traveling and volunteering in Latin America where she witnessed firsthand the desperate situations that often force immigrants to flee their home countries.  Because of these experiences, she developed a profound commitment to facilitating immigrants’ legal entry into the U.S. and ensuring fair treatment under the law.  At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and through working with the American Bar Association’s ProBAR Children’s Project, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Catholic Charities, she gained extensive experience representing asylum-seekers, victims of crimes, and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.  As an Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellow, Emily works at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) where she represents unaccompanied minor children residing in New Jersey.