Rachel Rutter

  • Hosted by HIAS Pennsylvania
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, HIAS Pennsylvania, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Service location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Rachel represented unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. This project provides free legal representation to unaccompanied kids in removal proceedings who cannot afford a lawyer and would otherwise be representing themselves against federal lawyers in immigration court. Having a lawyer makes all the difference for these kids: they are significantly more likely to win their cases if they are represented. For children fleeing life-threatening violence in their home countries, having a lawyer is paramount.

 

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