Eight years ago, we officially opened our doors and began recruiting IJC’s inaugural 2014 class of Fellows.
What started as a bold idea to address the profound lack of quality legal representation for immigrants is now a thriving Fellowship program that has touched the lives of over 84,000 immigrants and their families.
To celebrate IJC’s eighth anniversary, we want to share the impressive and inspiring work of our inaugural class of 25 Justice Fellows and 10 Community Fellows.
We are proud to report that:
- 100% of our inaugural Justice Fellows are still practicing immigration law today!
- Six are directors at legal services providers, six are supervising attorneys, eight are senior staff attorneys, three are in academia, one is in private practice, and another is in public policy.
- 40% of our inaugural Community Fellows have graduated law school.
- Two Community Fellows – Karla Hernandez and Leslie Joya – have returned to IJC as Justice Fellows!
- Our inaugural class of Fellows are working in California, Georgia, New York, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C.
We celebrate these champions of immigrant justice and honor their commitment to standing up for immigrants’ rights.
Following in their footsteps, next month we will announce our 2022 Justice Fellows class! We are extremely excited and energized to welcome these immensely talented Fellows who are launching their legal careers at such a critical time for immigrant representation.
IJC exists to provide access to counsel for all immigrants. On behalf of the Immigrant Justice Corps community, please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your continued support.