Luz E. Ruiz

  • Hosted by RAICES
  • Service location San Antonio, Texas
  • Law school St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Through the Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children Project, justice AmeriCorps – Equal Justice Works Fellows will conduct thorough intakes of potentially-qualifying children. Fellows will offer direct legal representation to qualifying children in their removal proceedings as well as before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and certain family court proceedings related to a child’s immigration case. The justice AmeriCorps – Equal Justice Works fellows will screen clients for trauma, abuse and trafficking and make referrals to additional services, as appropriate.

I hope that our collective effort will allow for more unaccompanied minors to be represented and that in the future, there will be free universal representation of minors in immigration proceedings.

Luz E. Ruiz /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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