Aisha Saeed

The Project

My project is designed to assist low-income, chronically ill or disabled children with their education issues. My project has three goals. First, I will provide direct legal representation to my clients. Second, I will educate those who work and interact with my client population regarding the rights these children have in the school system. Third, I will advocate for policies in the school system that help my client population get the services and understanding from schools that they are entitled to. <a href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7astbR2MW-c target=_blank><b>Learn more about my project on YouTube</b></a>.

The Inspiration

The Project

Anna provided legal representation for and outreach to immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes in the Atlanta area, and provided trainings for law enforcement agencies on the availability of immigration relief for victims.

In 2011, Georgia passed a law that gives state and local law enforcement officers the authority to enforce federal immigration law. This law endangers immigrant victims of crime, domestic violence, and trafficking by worsening their distrust and fear of local law enforcement. Criminals and traffickers often intimidate victims by threatening to report them to immigration officials if they seek help. Immigration relief is available for crime victims in the form of U and T visas and relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Law enforcement agencies and many immigrants in the Atlanta area would remain unaware of these protections without Nicole’s project.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Nicole:

  • Represented 76 clients in their applications for U visas, work permits, permanent residency (green card), and relief under VAWA
  • Represented eight clients in removal proceedings, successfully obtaining continuances for her clients while they wait for their visa applications to be adjudicated
  • Collaborated with other nonprofit and government agencies to provide six trainings for law enforcement agencies on the immigration relief available to survivors of domestic violence and other crimes

Where are they now?

Nicole is an Associate at the Law Offices of Socheat Chea, where she practices immigration law.