Shaw Drake

  • Hosted by Human Rights First
  • Sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations, Pro se and other legal representation systems
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Shaw researched and produced an advocacy report regarding the impact of current immigration policies on particularly vulnerable asylum seekers and increase representation of unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable asylum seekers.

Particularly vulnerable asylum seekers, including unaccompanied minors, survivors of torture, and asylum seekers with family members in danger in their home countries, are currently suffering under dramatic delays in their asylum cases. These populations struggle in limbo while the immigration courts work through massive case backlogs. Immigrant advocates and pro-bono representatives are in need of impact-focused advocacy tools to continue their efforts to pressure policy makers for changes that will bring relief to this vulnerable population. This project will provide advocacy tools to address these needs and establish pro bono networks to provide representation for particularly vulnerable asylum seekers.

Fellowship Highlights

During Shaw’s Fellowship, Shaw:

  • Identified strategic advocacy opportunities for immigration policy improvements
  • Collected data and testimonies of particularly vulnerable asylum seekers
  • Participated in pro bono representation of particularly vulnerable asylum seekers


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