Alisa Wellek

  • Hosted by Immigrant Defense Project
  • Sponsored by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform, Immigrant Populations, Immigration Law Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2010
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Alisa challenged the jail-detention-deportation pipeline many noncitizens face through a pilot project responding to ICE’s practices at NYC jails. Additionally, Alisa documented abuse, provided pro se assistance, helped contest legal interpretations mandating detention, and coordinated litigation challenging unconstitutional practices. Finally, Alisa created toolkits and trainings from lessons learned. By advocating with allies, Alisa hoped to shift the public debate from one that dehumanizes “criminal aliens” to one that focuses on ways to make our communities truly secure.

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