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Stacy Jones

2010, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Stacy Jones

Stacy Jones

City, State: Arlington, Virginia
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Children/Youth,

The Project

I am developing a pilot program with the DC Child and Family Services Agency to identify children in the foster care system who may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). I will be screening foster children for SIJS eligibility and training CFSA staff members to assess SIJS eligibility themselves. I will be directly representing some of the eligible children in family and immigration court proceedings, and establishing and training attorneys willing to represent such children on a pro bono basis.

Biography

Hometown:

New Fairfield, Connecticut

Law school:

Making the connection:

During my first law school summer, I participated in WCL's Summer Program in Chile and Argentina, where one of our courses examined Comparative Legal Perspectives on Social Problems. Exploring the role of legal institutions in the transition to democracy and the protection of human rights solidified my interest in both international/human rights law and social justice issues.

Surviving law school:

I was fortunate enough to attend a law school that provided countless opportunities to be involved in public interest work. I took advantage of that by working as a student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, interning at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Due Process of Law Foundation, and working and volunteering in the school's War Crimes Research Office.

Recommended books:

Catch-22, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and The Phantom Tollbooth

Favorite website(s):

www.nytimes.com for general news; www.bibdaily.com for immigration news; www.thedailybeast.com for news and fun