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Rebekah Wolf

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Rebekah Wolf

Rebekah Wolf

Name of Host Organization:
City, State: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Anonymous

The Project

Rebekah will increase access to legal services for low-income immigrants in underserved and rural communities in New Mexico through strategic collaboration with community partners.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
New Mexico is a sparsely populated and extremely impoverished state and low-income immigration families face particular hardships. They are among the poorest of the working poor and foreign-born individuals are also less likely to graduate from high school, be employed in non-service occupations, and be unemployed than native-born individuals. Moreover, many parents in immigrant families are not fluent in English, and are not familiar with their rights within American society. As a result, many immigrant parents do not take advantage of public support systems that are available to them, and they often fall victim to wage theft, consumer fraud, predatory lending or other predatory practices. To compound their problems, many immigrants in New Mexico live in communities without any attorney. Rebekah’s project will build on the moment of recent state-wide immigrant integration efforts and address the lack of access to legal services by representing low-income immigrants in underserved areas of New Mexico and establishing strategic partnerships across the state.
The Right Person For This Project

Rebekah is the right person for the Project because:

  • She was born and raised in a small town in Northern New Mexico
  • She has extensive experience working with immigrant rights and community and social justice organizations
  • She is passionate about access to legal services 
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Rebekah will:

  • Provide direct representation to clients in immigration cases, particularly SIJS, deportation defense, asylum, and release from detention
  • Support and further develop pro bono networks in the state to serve immigrant families in rural and underserved areas.
  • Continue to build and strengthen relationships with community partners to strengthen the effectiveness of NMILC’s work.
  • Provide educational outreach presentations and materials, particularly to people in detention
  • Engage in strategic state-wide advocacy campaigns to address issues impacting immigrant communities