Carmen O’Halloran

  • Hosted by Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance
  • Sponsored by Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Service location Minneapolis
  • Law school University of Minnesota Law School
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2009
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

This project focuses on Somali youth in Minnesota, many of whom have experienced the trauma of war and who face a cultural divide between their Somali heritage and American society. Additionally, some Somali youth find their immigration status in jeopardy due to criminal convictions while others were brought to the U.S. without proper immigration status. Through education, community collaboration, and direct representation, this project works to secure the immigration status of Somali youth.

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