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Anne Dutton

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Anne Dutton

Anne Dutton

Name of Host Organization: Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
City, State: San Francisco, California
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Anonymous

The Project

Advocate for refugee children in jurisdictions with high asylum denial rates, such as Atlanta and Charlotte, through direct representation, trauma-informed pro bono training and national policy work.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Recent developments in asylum law cause some courts to refuse to recognize asylum claims based on gang and gender-related violence. The dearth of affordable immigration attorneys or pro bono counsel leaves many children without representation in court. Even for those with pro bono representation, children’s claims present legally difficult cases that have the added complexity of working with child survivors of trauma.
The Right Person For This Project
Anne is the right person for the project because:
• She has experience representing asylum seekers in front of the BIA and the courts of appeals as a student attorney and student director in the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic
• She interned with the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies as a law student and worked in immigration policy for two years prior to law school
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Anne will:
• Begin monitoring cases in jurisdictions with high denial rates and select cases for direct representation and impact involvement
• Develop a pro bono training program and begin outreach to identify interested attorneys in the selected jurisdictions
• Participate in policy meetings hosted by the Department of Justice and identify other opportunities for policy engagement