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Samantha Rumsey

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Samantha Rumsey

Samantha Rumsey

Name of Host Organization: Kids in Need of Defense
City, State: Roseland, New Jersey
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Children/Youth
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Samantha built greater receptivity to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in NJ by representing unaccompanied immigrant children and providing technical assistance to NJ pro bono attorneys representing children in SIJS matters.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Despite the vulnerability of unaccompanied immigrant children, the United States does not provide them free legal counsel. This lack of representation, combined with a recent surge in children entering the US alone, has led to a dramatic increase in the need for low-cost legal resources in New Jersey. This fellowship project is important because it gives a voice to children who are frequently silenced by the legal system. Moreover, the focus on one specific type of relief - SIJS - will improve conditions in the long term for SIJS-eligible minors in New Jersey.