Maria Rodriguez

  • Hosted by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Kids in Need of Defense, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Service location Atlanta, Georgia
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Maria provided direct legal representation to unaccompanied minors aged 15 and younger in their immigration and related proceedings, including cases involving asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, and other forms of relief. This project provides a voice to a vulnerable population that faces life threatening consequences should they be unsuccessful in their deportation proceedings.


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