Nick Steiner

  • Hosted by American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
  • Sponsored by Anonymous, The Ottinger Foundation
  • Service location Baltimore, Maryland
  • Law school American University, Washington College of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Nick provided legal assistance and advocacy support to immigrant communities to draw attention to and challenge police misconduct and illegal targeting of immigrants.

The immigrant population in MD has increased dramatically over the last decade, and the capacity and geographic reach of current immigrant advocates cannot meet the need in the state. State and local police lack the authority, yet engage in immigration enforcement for which they are neither trained nor qualified. These unlawful actions give rise to unchecked discriminatory police practices and racial profiling, and undermines the public safety of communities that police are intended to serve.

Fellowship Highlights

Nick helped found Resources for Immigrant Support and Empowerment (“RISE”) Coalition, a new immigrant-led immigrants’ rights coalition to help spark pro-immigrant change in Western Maryland. The RISE Coalition is the organizational plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against notorious Sheriff “Chuck” Jenkins, who racially profiles Latinx residents of Frederick County. This lawsuit is challenging the practice to end it once and for all. Nick also challenged the widespread ICE enforcement tactic of entrapping people who are attempting to gain lawful status by arresting them at required appointments through a class action suit. During Nick’s fellowship, he has filed four impact litigation cases: Sanchez v. McAleenan, Lin v. Nielsen, Medrano v. Jenkins, and ACLU of Maryland v. Department of Homeland Security. He also successfully secured the release of four individuals in immigration detention

 Next Steps

Nick will continue as a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. Nick will continue fighting for immigrants’ rights in Maryland through litigation and building power amongst the immigrant community across the state.


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