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Andrea Crumrine

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Andrea Crumrine

Andrea Crumrine

Name of Host Organization: Americans for Immigrant Justice
City, State: Miami, Florida
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Empower asylum-seekers through legal rights workshops and provide holistic legal representation, outreach, and impact advocacy to detained asylum seekers throughout south Florida.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The average number of immigration detainees skyrocketed 20,653 in 2002. The total is even higher today, as Congress has required Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold a minimum of 34,000 individuals in detention on any given day, and guarantee 950 occupied beds at the Broward Transitional Facility (“BTC”). As instances of detention have dramatically increased, so too has the need for skilled advocates to assist detainees and monitor detention conditions.
The Right Person For This Project
Andrea is the right person for the project because:
• She has demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights as a Certified Student Attorney and Student Director in the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic and law clerk with the Immigration Project of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
• She has past detainee rights experience with the ABA Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, where she represented detained asylum seekers at the Port Isabel Detention Center near the U.S.-Mexico border.