Immigration and Asylum
The CFJC Immigration Law Clinic represents low-income immigrants — primarily youth and families fleeing violence— from around the world. Our previous clients have included youth and women from countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Mauritania, Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania.
The immigration clinic aids youth and families in proceedings before the immigration court, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
We represent applicants seeking:
- Special immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
- Relief under the Violence Against Women Act (pdf)
- T (trafficking) visa status and/or U (crime victim) visa status
- Cancellation and removal
What do Student Lawyers do?
Students who enroll in the immigration clinic are responsible for interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting factual investigations, drafting pleadings and motions, preparing legal briefs, and representing clients at hearings before the immigration court, the BIA, DHS or the Chicago asylum office.
Many of our witnesses and the documents we need to represent our clients are in other countries. Students will need to communicate through interpreters to obtain affidavits and documents needed for their cases. Additionally, some of our clients are detained and students will need to work with the appropriate agencies to advocate for their client's release from detention.