Sandy Mayson

  • Hosted by Orleans Public Defenders
  • Sponsored by ALM
  • Service location New Orleans
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration Law Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2009
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

This project aims to keep immigrants in New Orleans out of jail, and to ensure basic justice for those arrested. In collaboration with Orleans Public Defenders—founded after Katrina and now an innovative office dedicated to client-centered representation—the project will create community support structures for immigrant defendants and their families; advocate for adequate interpretation in New Orleans jails and courts; train defense attorneys in relevant immigration law; and provide direct representation to immigrant defendants in criminal court.

The Inspiration

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