Immigrant Youth and Families

The CFJC Immigration Law Clinic represents low-income immigrants — primarily youth and families fleeing violence — in removal/deportation proceedings. Our clients are seeking humanitarian relief, including asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, relief under the Violence Against Women Act, T (trafficking) nonimmigrant classification, U (crime victim) nonimmigrant classification, and cancellation of removal.  Our clients have included youth and women from countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Ethiopia, Jordan, China, Mauritania, Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania.

What do Student Lawyers do?

Students who enroll in the immigration clinic are responsible for interviewing clients and witnesses in the U.S. and abroad, conducting factual investigations, drafting pleadings and motions, preparing legal briefs, and representing clients at hearings before the Chicago immigration court and various agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.