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A Legal Empowerment Approach to Addressing Justice Barriers in the U.S. Immigration System

February 26, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Conflict Security Poster

This talk will explore an ongoing participatory evaluation project being carried out by the New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) in collaboration with NYU Law’s Global Justice Clinic and Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights.

The collaboration assesses NSC initiatives aimed at building the power and agency of families as they move through the immigration process. NSC stands in solidarity with those facing detention and deportation, who they call “friends” rather than immigrants, and coordinates a network of volunteers who accompany friends to court, provide legal and non-legal advice at a weekly pro-se clinic, and build relationships with NSC friends, seeing up close the violence and injustice of the immigration system.

The Global Justice Clinic and Bernstein Institute collaborate with NSC to evaluate the efficacy of the NSC’s approach, with a goal of producing literature highlighting the impact of legal empowerment methods to addressing justice barriers in the U.S. Immigration system.

About the Conflict, Security, and Development Series

Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series examines new research, discusses creative policy approaches, and highlights recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.

The series is co-presented by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, The Program in International Relations at NYU’s GSAS, the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner.




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