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Nick Steiner

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Nick Steiner

Nick Steiner

Name of Host Organization: American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
City, State: Baltimore, Maryland
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: The Ottinger Foundation, Anonymous

The Project

Nick will provide legal assistance and advocacy support to immigrant communities by challenging police misconduct and illegal targeting of immigrants

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The immigrant population in MD has increased dramatically over the last decade, and the capacity and geographic reach of current immigrant advocates cannot meet the need in the state. State and local police lack the authority yet engage in immigration enforcement for which they are neither trained nor qualified. These unlawful actions give rise to unchecked discriminatory police practices and racial profiling, and undermines the public safety of communities that police are intended to serve.
The Right Person For This Project

Nick is the right person for the project because:
• He is already connected with immigrant advocates in MD and is building relationships with advocates across the state to advance efforts to protect immigrant communities
• He has a background in immigration law practice as a student attorney and has been working to develop additional expertise in the field
• He went to law school to work on behalf of marginalized communities and uplift their stories through legal advocacy

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Nick will:
• Draft a legislative bill to require law enforcement agencies to collect data on Latinx drivers, instead of categorizing them as racially white
• Expand the educational capacity of the ACLU of MD to train immigrant communities on how to assert their constitutional rights
• Challenge local enforcement of federal immigration law through litigation, legal advocacy, and community outreach
• Collaborate with coalitions, community leaders, and elected officials to build the capacity of immigrant advocates and support sanctuary jurisdictions to address the unique challenges faced by noncitizens in the Trump era