Daniela Donoso

  • Hosted by Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Tallahassee, Florida
  • Law school Florida State University College of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Daniela will create a comprehensive immigration advocacy program in North Florida to serve immigrants who are low income and/or crime victims and establish immigration protocols, procedures, and resources for host organization staff and community partners.

North Florida lacks the institutional memory of a central advocacy organization doing the hard work of outreach to both immigrant communities and service agencies. The Florida panhandle has a huge agricultural and tourism presence, two industries that draw immigrants in vast numbers. There is a great need for both free legal help for low-income immigrants and trainings for agencies serving this population, especially in today’s political climate where immigration policies are changing rapidly.

Daniela, a current DACA recipient, knows what it is like to have your life shifted by fear and uncertainty because of the broken immigration system. Her personal and professional experience working with marginalized communities has instilled an altruistic spirit that makes her uniquely suited for this Fellowship.

Fellowship Plans

The first goal of this project is to provide culturally competent direct representation in immigration law matters to a significantly higher number of eligible individuals than Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF) is currently able to serve. The second goal is to create institutional memory through standard procedures and a shared resource bank for all LSNF offices to use with updated information. The third goal is to provide trainings and resources for various agencies serving this population including health care providers, social benefit agencies, guidance counselors, and public defenders, as it is necessary in addressing the large scope of our broken immigration system.

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