Sarita Mutha

  • Hosted by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Department of Justice, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Service location Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Sarita Mutha provides direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children, as part of the justice AmeriCorps program. Sarita Mutha is responsible for conducting thorough intakes of clients aged 15 and younger and providing direct legal representation in immigration and related proceedings, including cases involving asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, and other forms of relief.

Thousands of children appear in Immigration Court every year. The justice AmeriCorps program provides universal direct representation for this vulnerable population. The fellowship allows Sarita Mutha to assert all available legal defenses and remedies on a child’s behalf.

Sarita Mutha is dedicated to advocating for children and stabilizing families. Prior to joining justice AmeriCorps, Sarita Mutha participated at the University of Minnesota Law School Child Advocacy Clinic where she worked with vulnerable populations to stabilize families and sought resolutions in the best interests of the child. In addition she completed a fellowship at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid focusing her time working with immigrant youth in the local community.

Fellowship Highlights

Sarita Mutha:

  • Represented children in immigration removal proceedings, as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services such as applications for asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile status.
  • Recruited, trained, and mentored attorneys in state court proceedings relating to a child’s immigration status.
  • Screened clients for trauma, abuse, and trafficking and make referrals to additional services as appropriate.

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