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Natalie Cadwalader-Schultheis

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Natalie Cadwalader-Schultheis

Natalie Cadwalader-Schultheis

City, State: Harlingen, Texas
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

Natalie will represent transition-age youth in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, work with pro bono attorneys to improve transition-age youth’s access to immigration legal services, and develop best practices and legal orientation materials for attorneys working with this population.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Once a child in an unaccompanied minor shelter turns 18 and is transferred to adult detention, they lose many important procedural rights, face harsher legal standards, are less likely to access counsel, and are more likely to be deported. ProBAR has funding to provide legal orientations to adults and children and to represent a limited number of unaccompanied minors, but representation for adults is severely underfunded.
The Right Person For This Project

Natalie is the right person for the project because:
• She represented unaccompanied minors as a legal intern with the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, researched conditions in immigrant prisons as a law clerk at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, and supported students and pro bono counsel representing refugees in their applications for resettlement with The Berkeley Law Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Natalie will:
• Assist attorneys with casework, accept cases for direct representation and build relationships with stakeholders
• Develop legal orientation materials for transition-age youth
• Recruit pro bono counsel to represent transition-age youth and support pro bono counsel with case management