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Rebekah Wolf

  • Hosted by New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
  • Sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Service location Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Law school University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program New Mexico Immigration Corps

The Project

Rebekah increased access to legal services for low-income immigrants in underserved and rural communities in New Mexico through strategic collaboration with community partners.

New Mexico is a sparsely populated and extremely impoverished state and low-income immigration families face particular hardships. They are among the poorest of the working poor and foreign-born individuals are also less likely to graduate from high school, be employed in non-service occupations, and be unemployed than native-born individuals. Moreover, many parents in immigrant families are not fluent in English, and are not familiar with their rights within American society. As a result, many immigrant parents do not take advantage of public support systems that are available to them, and they often fall victim to wage theft, consumer fraud, predatory lending or other predatory practices. To compound their problems, many immigrants in New Mexico live in communities without any attorney. Rebekah’s project will build on the moment of recent state-wide immigrant integration efforts and address the lack of access to legal services by representing low-income immigrants in underserved areas of New Mexico and establishing strategic partnerships across the state.

Fellowship Highlights

During the Fellowship period, Rebekah:

  • Provided direct representation to clients in immigration cases, particularly SIJS, deportation defense, asylum, and release from detention
  • Supported and further develop pro bono networks in the state to serve immigrant families in rural and underserved areas.
  • Continued to build and strengthen relationships with community partners to strengthen the effectiveness of NMILC’s work.
  • Provided educational outreach presentations and materials, particularly to people in detention
  • Engaged in strategic state-wide advocacy campaigns to address issues impacting immigrant communities

New Mexico Immigration Corps Overview

From 2016 to 2020, the New Mexico Immigration Corps deployed lawyers and paralegals to provide critically needed legal aid to immigrant children and families throughout New Mexico. A primary goal of the program was to create a pipeline of new and prospective lawyers from the immigrant community and communities of color into the public interest sector in New Mexico.

Throughout the four-year program, Fellows partnered with public interest programs at the University of New Mexico School of Law to create opportunities for law students interested in working with immigrant populations; collaborated to increase the representation of historically marginalized individuals in the legal profession; coordinated with pro bono attorneys interested in supporting low-income immigrants; and worked with community organizations to provide holistic services and support.


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