Rebecca Wolozin

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Service location Falls Church, Virginia
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Rebecca provided legal services and advocacy to low-income immigrant youth in Northern Virginia with special health needs so they can access high-quality education and developmentally appropriate services.

Over the past several years, increasing numbers of children and families have been migrating to the U.S. to escape violence and search for a better life. Virginia receives more unaccompanied child migrants than all but four other states in the country. When these children proceed through the immigration system and when they enroll in school, they face serious and complex challenges. Reports from Congress and the U.S. Committee on Civil Rights show that education among English Language Learners (ELLs) is often severely limited as a result of inappropriate referrals to special education, under-identification of ELL’s special education needs, and harsh school discipline policies that disproportionately affect ELLs. This project will provide comprehensive legal services to these children and advocate on their behalf to ensure that they can succeed and thrive in their new communities.

Fellowship Highlights

During Rebecca’s Fellowship, Rebecca:

  • Conducted community outreach to the immigrant community in Northern Virginia
  • Developed “Know Your Rights” trainings and information for community members and service providers
  • Represented children with mental, physical and developmental health needs who require legal services to access high-quality education and to address school discipline issues
  • Represented child clients in immigration proceedings

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