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    05.06.15 Ting Poon '15 and Paola Uriarte '14 Named 2015 Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows
    Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows

    Ting Poon ‘15 and Paola Uriarte ’14 have been selected as two-year postgraduate Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Fellows. Joining Scott Foletta ’14, who began his IJC fellowship last fall, they will provide legal assistance to immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.

    Inspired by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and launched in 2014, IJC is the nation’s first fellowship program dedicated to providing high-quality legal assistance for immigrants. The program places fellows with legal services organizations throughout New York City, where they receive comprehensive training in immigration law.

    “Many of the fellows, whether through personal or professional experiences, have already witnessed how difficult and dehumanizing our current legal system is for immigrants,” said Immigrant Justice Corps Executive Director Rachel B. Tiven. “Together with our first class, they constitute a cadre of 70 fellows working to ensure justice for immigrants.”

    “I applied for the Immigrant Justice Corps partly because of my experience at the Safe Harbor Project, one of BLS's clinical programs,” Poon said. “Professors Stacy Caplow and Dan Smulian encouraged me to pursue my interest and provided invaluable guidance on developing a career in this particular field.”

    Uriate said: “I feel that starting as an IJC fellow will give me a strong foundation to achieve my career goals. I plan to continue working in the public-interest sector, representing low-income immigrants who are faced with a multitude of legal and non-legal issues.”

    With the addition of the 35 new fellows in the 2015 class, Immigrant Justice Corps doubled the number of corps members responding to the growing need for immigration legal services in New York City, Long Island, northern New Jersey, and the lower Hudson Valley. Between 50,000-100,000 families in the New York City area are in need of complex legal services that could lead them to citizenship, and tens of thousands of New Yorkers are eligible for green cards but  need legal help to get them.

    The Fellows will begin their intensive training course on August 31, 2015, and then will report to nonprofit placements throughout New York and New Jersey for the two years of their fellowship.