Andrea Crumrine

  • Hosted by Americans for Immigrant Justice
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Holly Skolnick Fellowship
  • Service location Miami, Florida
  • Law school University of Minnesota Law School
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Andrea advocated on behalf of detained immigrants in removal proceedings through direct legal representation, Know Your Rights programming, and pro bono referral to increase legal representation. Andrea also informed the advocacy community and collaborated with local organizations to improve access to legal help and improve detention conditions.

Andrea’s project served vulnerable, indigent asylum-seekers who had recently arrived in the U.S. with no knowledge of the U.S. immigration system in a “low priority” facility that houses immigrants with little to no criminal history. There, immigrants languish with minimal meaningful prospect of release. Andrea’s project served survivors of torture and domestic violence to increase odds of success, release, and access to legal information. Due to changes ushered in by the new Administration, Andrea’s project included urgent cases of vulnerable persons detained at other underserved ICE facilities and began to use a Detention Hotline to address the needs of people in custody.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Andrea has:

  • Provided legal assistance to over 700 people.
  • Provided legal consultations to approximately 600 detained people.
  • Provided nearly 100 Know Your Rights Presentations to detained immigrants.
  • Represented approximately 90 clients before the Immigration Court and approximately 80 of those in release from detention or custody-related matters.
  • Found pro bono counsel for over 30 asylum-seekers in ICE custody.
  • Represented detained immigrants in cancelation of removal for permanent and non-permanent residents.
  • Represented approximately 15 detained and non-detained immigrants before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Represented Somalis in Motions to Reopen subsequent to a failed deportation flight to Somalia.

What’s Next

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Andrea plans to:

  • Continue the work of her project as a Staff Attorney at Americans for Immigrant Justice.
  • Continue to advocate for vulnerable persons in ICE custody in the Detention Program.

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