Clinic - Immigrant Youth Law

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Lauren Burke

On June 15, 2012, President Obama and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a program that would provide extended Deferred Action to the estimated over 50,000 immigrant youth under 30, who entered the US as children and graduated from our public schools, but remain in the U.S. without any form of immigration status. The Brooklyn Law School Immigrant Youth Law Clinic (also known as the Dreamer Clinic after the failed federal Dream Act that would have legislated a form of relief) will work to identify, educate, and represent youth eligible for the Deferred Action program, and also other possible forms of legal relief. Students in the Clinic will work with two undocumented-youth oriented organizations, Atlas: DIY and the New York State Youth Leadership Council, to serve the immigration needs of adolescents located in Brooklyn. BLS students will teach about youth-focused areas of immigration law. They also will learn about and put into practice the intricacies of interviewing youth who have experienced stigma, isolation, and trauma, and learn how to put together a successful client narrative and immigration application. Students will work directly with Atlas Executive Director, Lauren Burke, who is also a supervising staff attorney at the New York Asian Womens Center. Much of the Clinics work will take place in the Atlas: DIY office in Sunset Park (a 15 minute subway ride from the Law School) and in community centers in Brooklyn. Seminar Credit: 1.00 Seminar: The clinic includes a 1-credit seminar.