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Cristina G. Gamundi Garcia

  • Hosted by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Sponsored by The Gorder Family Foundation, The Raikes Foundation
  • Service location Seattle, Washington
  • Law school University of Washington School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Cristina’s (she/her/hers) project will focus on providing legal representation and social services connections to 18- to 20-year-old immigrant youth in Western Washington who are at risk of homelessness and deportation.

About 1,300 of the 152,000 unaccompanied minors encountered along the U.S.-Mexico boarder in 2022 were released to sponsors in Washington by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In the U.S. immigration system, these vulnerable children have no right to appointed counsel. To complicate matters further, certain forms of immigration relief require applicants to be under 21 years old, adding urgency to the situation for many. Cristina will secure immigration relief for immigrant youth who are facing deportation, especially those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, so that they may qualify for essential social services.

My lived experiences as an undocumented woman and the due process violations immigrant communities are constantly subject to are what drive me to work with immigrant populations. I was once an immigrant child who was subject to the terror of the immigration system and this Fellowship will give me the opportunity to help other immigrant youth navigate the draconian system so they do not have to go through it alone.

Fellowship Plans

Cristina will work with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s (NWIRP) Children and Youth Advocacy Program (CYAP). Cristina will partner with two Western Washington NWIRP offices, pro bono legal service partners, and other organizations. She will screen for relief, particularly Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification and Vulnerable Youth Guardianship (VYG), a mechanism that allows youth ages 18-20 to access SIJ protection. She will also work to connect clients to social services.

“My Equal Justice Works Fellowship has afforded me the opportunity to serve immigrant youth in Western Washington who are at risk of homelessness and deportation. This Fellowship will allow me the honor of continuing to serve immigrant populations in my community.”

Cristina G. Gamundi Garcia /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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