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Jordan Manalastas

  • Hosted by Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, Cornell Law School
  • Sponsored by New York State Family Security Project
  • Service location Ithaca, New York
  • Law school Cornell Law School
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program New York State Family Security Project

The Project

The Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic of Cornell Law School serves low-income immigrant workers, primarily in Central and Western New York.  In line with the needs of these communities, I assist with the immigration matters of immigrant youths, particularly those who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by one or both parents.

Access to justice for area farmworker communities, especially for children, remains extremely problematic. In-absentia deportation orders are common; unaccompanied children and detainees with valid claims appear routinely without legal representation. This project aims to serve this vulnerable and marginalized population.

Being from an immigrant family—I come to this project knowing the unique challenges of advocating for vulnerable and marginalized peoples.

Jordan Manalastas /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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