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Northeastern Law Students to Offer Assistance at Immigration Detention Center in Dilley, Texas Northeastern Law Students to Offer Assistance at Immigration Detention Center in Dilley, Texas

IJC Border Trip05.20.19 — Dilley, Texas, is home to the nation’s largest family detention center. At the 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center, immigrant mothers and children — mostly fleeing extreme violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — need lawyers. For one week in May, Northeastern law students, under the auspices of the school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, will help meet that need. The students will be assisting the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign, which operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that offers direct representation.

“The work that the Dilley Pro Bono Project does quite literally has life or death consequences for the women and children it serves,” said Ilana Greenstein ’95, an adjunct law professor at the law school who is leading the student group.

Northeastern law students will help DPBP staff as needed in preparing clients for credible and reasonable fear interviews, drafting affidavits, conducting group information sessions, and research/writing projects. Students may also have opportunities to observe credible fear interviews and/or immigration court proceedings. Greenstein, formerly a partner in the Boston immigration law firm Macias & Greenstein and currently the senior technical assistance attorney with the Washington, DC-based Immigration Justice Campaign, will provide training in substantive asylum law and client interview/prep techniques prior to the trip to the border. 

“Volunteering in Dilley is a crash course in asylum law, border practices, humanity and humility,” said Greenstein.  “It is an extraordinary experience.”

Press

“‘You Come into People's Lives at this Extraordinary Moment,'” Northeastern News (May 17, 2019). 

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

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