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

My project challenges the jail-detention-deportation pipeline many noncitizens face through a pilot project responding to ICE’s practices at NYC jails. I will document abuse, provide pro se assistance; help contest legal interpretations mandating detention, and coordinate litigation challenging unconstitutional practices. I will create toolkits and trainings from lessons learned. By advocating with allies, we hope 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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