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Alyosha Maggin

  • Hosted by Centro Legal de la Raza
  • Sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Mintz
  • Service location Oakland, California
  • Law school University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations, Racial Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Alyosha (he/him/el) will provide representation to monolingual Spanish- and Indigenous language-speaking asylum seekers forced into expedited proceedings, preventing deportations due to persecution in violation of due process, and promoting family unity and safety.

Three expedited deportation dockets, the Dedicated Docket, the Asylum Processing Rule, and Family Expedited Removal Management, disproportionality eject low-income, monolingual Spanish- and Indigenous language-speaking asylum seekers from the United States at distressing rates. These asylum seekers face significant barriers to preparing their defense and accessing attorneys, forcing individuals and families to face an immigration judge or asylum officer within ten months to less than one week. Practitioners cannot meet the surging demand, resulting in deportations back to persecution.

Asylum seekers on expedited dockets require an all-inclusive strategy that entails direct advocacy, comprehensive training, and support from community allies to prevent cruel deportations in violation of due process.

Fellowship Plans

Alyosha will directly represent asylum seekers confronting expedited removal procedures before immigration judges and asylum officers. He will negotiate with the government to remove dehumanizing surveillance shackles and curfews from asylum seekers, interrupting racially discriminatory practices and criminalizing stigmas. Finally, he will employ “Know Your Rights” trainings for asylum seekers and technical assistance for school district staff, pro bono attorneys, and other community partners working on behalf of asylum seekers in expedited proceedings.

My community, family, and ancestors guide me to serve and fight on behalf of Indigenous and Latinx people—my people—so they can achieve a life of respect and dignity.

Alyosha Maggin /
2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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