Nearly two years ago, we welcomed the Class of 2017 into the IJC family.
I remember the day vividly because that morning, the then Attorney General announced the revocation of DACA. It was a somber moment, but we resolved to fight for justice and be beacons of hope for the most vulnerable in our society - immigrants.
Today, I am proud to say that the Class of 2017 more than fulfilled their commitment as IJC Fellows - their energy, intellectual curiosity, creative ideas and solutions allowed us to share narratives about this difficult moment in our country’s history with accuracy and credibility.
Through counsel and advocacy they have touched countless lives. They have strengthened immigrant communities and kept families together. We thank them for defining our future and defending what’s right.
We are thrilled that 96% of Justice Fellows from this class are staying in the immigration field and have accepted roles at leading legal services organizations across the country. We are also proud that the majority of Community Fellows graduating this year are choosing careers in public service with many planning to pursue law school.
On behalf of the Board and Staff, I wish the Class of 2017 the very best and look forward to celebrating their future success and growth as IJC alumni.