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Shaw Drake

2015, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Shaw Drake

Shaw Drake

Name of Host Organization: Human Rights First
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Pro se and other legal representation systems
Sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

The Project

Shaw will research and produce an advocacy report regarding the impact of current immigration policies on particularly vulnerable asylum seekers and increase representation of unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable asylum seekers.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Particularly vulnerable asylum seekers, including unaccompanied minors, survivors of torture, and asylum seekers with family members in danger in their home countries, are currently suffering under dramatic delays in their asylum cases. These populations struggle in limbo while the immigration courts work through massive case backlogs. Immigrant advocates and pro-bono representatives are in need of impact-focused advocacy tools to continue their efforts to pressure policy makers for changes that will bring relief to this vulnerable population. This project will provide advocacy tools to address these needs and establish pro bono networks to provide representation for particularly vulnerable asylum seekers.
The Right Person For This Project
Shaw is the right person for the project because:
• He has a dedicated passion for human rights law and research
• He understands the struggles of asylum seekers in New York City due to his prior work conducting legal and social service assessment interviews with survivors from over 90 different countries at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
• He has extensive experience conducting strategic policy analysis and advocacy
• He is experienced in asylum law and immigration policy
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Shaw will:
• Identify strategic advocacy opportunities for immigration policy improvements
• Collect data and testimonies of particularly vulnerable asylum seekers
• Participate in pro bono representation of particularly vulnerable asylum seekers