UIC Law Students Provide Legal Orientations for Recent Migrant Arrivals to Chicago
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UIC Law’s award winning International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) is stepping up to advocate for the rights of migrant families arriving in Chicago from Texas with their new Recent Arrivals Response Project. Under the leadership of Assistant Professor of Law and Director of IHRC, Sarah Dávila, student clinicians collaborate with different community organizations to bridge the gap between justice and immigration.
As part of the Recent Arrivals project, student clinicians, led by clinic staff attorney Alejandra Palacios, collaborate with various city of Chicago volunteer initiatives to create large, pro-bono events that engage families as they arrive at designated service centers. Student clinicians, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, help families better understand the U.S. immigration process, their rights, and the legal options available to them.
The Recent Arrivals Response Team works diligently to adjust to the needs of the communities as the project continues to evolve throughout the city of Chicago.
As part of UIC Law’s experiential learning curriculum, students participate in clinics and externships to become equipped with the lawyering skills needed to be successful in the field. The International Human Rights Clinic, a non-profit, non-partisan legal clinic has a long-standing history of championing human rights in the U.S. and around the world, whether it is creating toolkits and memorandums for litigation, or submitting briefs or reports to international bodies. The Recent Arrivals project adds to a long list of project-based initiatives conducted by the IHRC, including support of Black Lives Matter, environmental human rights advocacy, and other projects.