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Posted by David Logan
09/13/2011 at 08:48 AM
Prior to the 2010-11 academic year, students enrolled in the RWU Immigration Clinic focused on federal law, representing noncitizens in removal proceedings in the Boston Immigration Court and those who sought legal status before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Rhode Island. But thanks to the innovative leadership of Professor Mary Holper, who directs the clinic, our students are adding expertise in state law to their repertoire. In March of 2010, clinic students began to represent undocumented children.  Some had been subjected to physical abuse; others were...
Posted by David Logan
11/13/2009 at 01:00 AM
Our fledgling Immigration Law Clinic has hit the ground running, winning the freedom of a 27-year old Liberian college student who suffered the horrors of the Liberian civil wars, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, then became a permanent resident.  The Department of Homeland Security sought to deport him because of two offenses in RI for which he received no jail time (a receipt of stolen property and assault).  He had spent 10 months in jail before the RWUSOL Immigration Clinic got involved in his case. 3Ls Jessica Grimes and Ashley Ham Pong represented the client in his...
Posted by David Logan
09/25/2009 at 12:00 AM
One of the most pressing social justice issues in the United States is the fate of the millions of people who are swept up by the immigration system.  And while the issue of undocumented workers is typically associated with states that share a border with Mexico, the burgeoning immigrant population in Southeastern New England has raised similar concerns in our area. In fact, within the last year there have been major raids of undocumented workers in nearby New Bedford, Massachusetts and at all of the state courthouses in Rhode Island.  In addition to these high-profile events, there...