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Esha Bhandari

  • Hosted by American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrants' Rights Project
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school Columbia Law School
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations, Immigration Law Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2011
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Esha’s project addressed the lack of due process for immigration detainees with mental disabilities.  Using a combination of direct representation, impact litigation and national advocacy, Esha worked to secure the rights of individuals forced to navigate the daunting maze of removal proceedings alone, without the right to appointed counsel and other procedural safeguards.


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I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given in life and feel a responsibility to help remove the obstacles preventing others from achieving their own dreams.

Esha Bhandari /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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