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Deshawnda Chaparro

  • Hosted by New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
  • Sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Service location Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Law school University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program New Mexico Immigration Corps

The Project

After Deshawnda completed her Fellowship in the Crimes Victims Justice Corps in the summer of 2020, she joined the New Mexico Immigration Corps for the remainder of the program.

From 2016 to 2020, the New Mexico Immigration Corps deployed lawyers and paralegals to provide critically needed legal aid to immigrant children and families throughout New Mexico. A primary goal of the program was to create a pipeline of new and prospective lawyers from the immigrant community and communities of color into the public interest sector in New Mexico.

Throughout the four-year program, Fellows partnered with public interest programs at the University of New Mexico School of Law to create opportunities for law students interested in working with immigrant populations; collaborated to increase the representation of historically marginalized individuals in the legal profession; coordinated with pro bono attorneys interested in supporting low-income immigrants; and worked with community organizations to provide holistic services and support.

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Establishing a Pipeline of Public Interest Attorneys in New Mexico to Support Immigrant Families

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