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Paola Gentile-Goldental

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Paola Gentile-Goldental

Paola Gentile-Goldental

Name of Host Organization: Kids in Need of Defense
City, State: Boston, Massachusetts
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Children/Youth
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, U.S. Department of Justice, Kids in Need of Defense

The Project

Provide legal representation to minors in immigration removal proceedings, including in cases involving asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other forms of relief.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The project is aimed at protecting children who arrive in the U.S. alone and who fled neglect and violence in their home countries. As no legal representation for these children is mandated, this project seeks to address this need so they can have a much better chance of having their stories heard and their claims advanced.
The Right Person For This Project
Paola is the right person for the project because:
• She is from a Spanish speaking country and an immigrant
• She can relate better with the children’s experiences and life challenges
• Since attending law school, she has always committed to social justice and public interest law
• This project gives her the opportunity to work with the most vulnerable of all, children