Madison Glennie

The Project

Madison (she/her/hers) will create a medical-legal partnership that serves low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence in immigration, protection order, and family law cases. 

Every day in Washington, D.C., survivors of gender-based violence go without needed legal services. 88% of petitioners in the D.C. Superior Court Domestic Violence Division lack legal representation. Survivors may fear seeking protection orders or a divorce without representation due to concerns about retaliation or losing custody of their children. Survivors also experience immense immigration needs, but they often do not know their legal remedies, usually due to immigration-related abuse. Seeking legal services referrals from police or state actors or walking into a courthouse can be inaccessible for survivors. Two D.C. health care clinics, Children’s National Primary Care and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, noted a need among their patients for on-site legal services, particularly for domestic violence and immigration issues. 

Fellowship Plans

In collaboration with DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP), Madison will implement a medical-legal partnership co-located at Children’s National Primary Care in Columbia Heights and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Madison will conduct legal intakes on site and provide survivors with direct representation in protection order, immigration, and family law cases. Madison will also train health care providers to spot potential signs of violence and identify immigration issues to refer to her clinic. 

Access to legal services can drastically impact a survivor’s life—I am dedicated to creating this medical-legal partnership to aid D.C.’s survivors.

Madison Glennie /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

The Project

Krista uses strategic litigation, advocacy, and education as tools to protect the due process right of asylum seekers in immigration court, especially those who are pro se.

The asylum system has been under unprecedented attack. Attorney General decisions have sought to narrow eligibility, provide for streamlined denials, and eliminate access to bond for newly arriving asylum seekers. New regulations endeavored to drastically narrow asylum availability for noncitizens based on the way they reached the United States. And a slew of policies have sought to push asylum seekers outside of the United States in order to prevent them from accessing our asylum system. Although the Biden Administration has started to unwind some of former President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, we are a long way away from undoing the harms and establishing humane procedures for asylum seekers. Against this backdrop, the immigration courts have adopted measures that urged judges to plow through cases, at the cost of sacrificing the due process rights of noncitizens who appear before them. There is a need for systemic approaches to preserving access to asylum, both throughout the country and in Massachusetts.

Krista believes that the immigration court system should be used as a tool for fair adjudication and not deportation. She hopes to chip away at harmful immigration policies that tend to disparately impact certain groups, including the Latinx community.

Fellowship Highlights to Date

In the first year of the Fellowship Krista has:

  • Provided advice and brief service to 50 detainees
  • Participated in 6 high impact litigation cases, which included:
    • Challenging a Department of Homeland Security policy that impeded access to records that may aid a noncitizen’s immigration case in GBLS v. DHS
    • Representing Massachusetts families and their loved ones who were struggling to survive in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols in Bollat Vasquez et al. v. Wolf et al.
    • Representing Massachusetts families with loved ones who were struggling to survive under a Trump-era anti-immigrant rule in Poe v. Mayorkas, resulting in 7 asylum-seeking clients being brought to safety
  • Drafted a letter to the Boston Immigration Court advocating for transparent hearings during COVID-19

Next Steps

In the next year, Krista plans to:

  • Continue challenging a Department of Homeland Security policy that impedes access to records that may aid a noncitizen’s immigration case
  • Continue representing individuals harmed by the government under the Migrant Protection Protocols
  • Work to improve fairness for pro se asylum seekers through amicus briefs and/or direct representation
  • Establish and run an Immigration Court Watch Program to document due process barriers that immigrants face in removal proceedings, with a focus on the Biden Administration’s implementation of a rocket docket at the Boston Immigration Court

Media

Week Ahead in Immigration: July 26, 2021

ACLU sues over Trump-era Title 42 immigration rule, cites case of child expelled from Massachusetts to Guatemala

Seven Asylum-Seekers Will Reunite With Family In Mass. After ACLU Lawsuit

President Biden’s Immigration Executive Actions: A Recap

If it were not for my grandparents’ journey from Mexico to the United States, I would not be here today. That journey has become increasingly criminalized and politicized. I know it’s my calling to pay it forward.

Krista Oehlke /
2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow

The Project

Michelle’s project provided representation to immigrants in removal proceedings on account of civil rights violations on the part of local police and ICE agents. The project aimed to educate immigrant families, many of which have mixed immigration status, on their legal rights and how to protect themselves in case of immigration enforcement threatening to separate them. During her project, Michelle worked with local law enforcement agencies to maintain/develop immigrant friendly policies and convince these agencies to solely focus on enforcing state criminal law.

Media

Keeping Families Together

A Family Will Remain United

The Project

Mindy aimed to illuminate and remove obstacles to health care for people with disabilities by partnering with community-based organizations, providers and disability rights groups throughout New York City. Additionally, Mindy provided legal support to individuals through trainings, direct representation, litigation and policy reform.

The Inspiration

The Project

The Bay Area currently suffers from a dearth of culturally competent legal services. As a result, many immigrant survivors of domestic violence find themselves unable to access the legal services they need to escape their abusive situations. Leeja aimed to fill this gap and to alleviate gender-based violence in the Bay Area’s South Asian community by (a) providing comprehensive domestic violence, family law, and immigration services; (b) conducting culturally competent outreach and education initiatives; (c) advocating for improved services and community involvement; and (d) connecting key stakeholder organizations through a domestic violence task force.

The Project

Taylor created school- and community-based legal intake clinics, coordinated and conducted legal education trainings, incorporated organizing strategies to address community-identified needs, and provided legal representation to Kenilworth-Parkside families in conjunction with the D.C. Promise Neighborhoods Initiative (DCPNI).

D.C.’s Kenilworth-Parkside community received national attention as one of only 21 inaugural federal Promise Neighborhoods grantees—a program, based on the Harlem Children’s Zone, aimed at providing a grassroots “cradle-to-college” continuum of services to increase student and family outcomes through place-based programs. Despite the overwhelming need for legal services in this community and the large number of eligible families, Taylor discovered that legal aid providers were noticeably absent from the more than 70 partners currently providing social, medical, academic and financial support through this effort. Similarities in the holistic missions of both Promise Neighborhoods and Bread for the City inspired Taylor to seek out Bread for the City as her host organization.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Taylor:

  • Hosted 53 legal clinics in the DCPNI footprint
  • Provided full representation in 81 cases and brief advice or referrals in an additional 350 matters for clients living in Kenilworth-Parkside
  • Worked with a group of senior tenants to reroute two city bus lines and have a stop constructed in front of their building
  • Created a pilot project to directly solicit and provide representation to tenants who had been sued in eviction cases

Where are they now?

Taylor continues to work at Bread for the City as a senior staff attorney in the Community Lawyering Project.

My clients’ stories continue to fuel my belief that when people are given access to legal services, the judicial system can be a place where the disenfranchised have a voice that is heard by many.

Taylor Healy /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

The Project

Sara improved access to health care for humanitarian-based immigrants in New York City. Sara worked with immigrants’ health care providers to achieve project goals through targeted representation, outreach, and advocacy.

Low-income, humanitarian-based immigrants with serious health problems confront an overwhelming array of challenges including illness, poverty, lack of knowledge of their rights, and fundamental misconceptions about accessing health care. This project works with underserved immigrants by opening legal clinics in inner-city hospitals. It offers representation to individuals in their immigration cases, and helps them obtain appropriate relief based on their humanitarian claims. This project helps clients obtain Medicaid, to which they are legally entitled after submitting federal immigration applications. The project involves conducting information campaigns for hospital staff, as well as advocacy and outreach campaigns for immigrants.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Sara:

  • Opened two hospital-based legal clinics for humanitarian immigrants (crime victims, survivors of domestic violence, and asylum seekers)
  • Expanded an existing asylum clinic and doubled its representation capacity
  • Represented dozens of undocumented clients in their federal immigration cases and NYS Medicaid cases
  • Won immigration status for clients, including asylum, and helped clients to obtain health coverage through Medicaid

Where are they now?

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Sara will continue running her hospital-based legal clinics for humanitarian immigrants as a Staff Attorney with New York Legal Assistance Group.

The Project

Break the school to prison pipeline for minority students in Evanston with community-based representation, restorative justice skills-building workshops in schools, and by leveraging local resources for collaborative re-entry support.

Need Addressed By Project

Schools that should be community centers for educating our children are instead becoming gateways to incarceration, portals to a racist and overzealous criminal justice system. This school-to-prison pipeline disproportionately affects the high percentage of minority and low-income children in Evanston. This project will offer innovative solutions based on integrated social work and legal services to create a replicable model for disrupting the cycle.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Maya has:

  • Given more than 60 conflict resolution/know your rights educational sessions to young adults in the community
  • Become a trained mediator and restorative justice circle keeper
  • Represented her own juvenile clients in criminal proceedings, and won multiple felony trials
  • Developed and implemented a restorative justice based elementary school discipline curriculum, and a re-entry based conflict-resolution training toolkit

 

The Project

Katherine provided comprehensive legal services to human trafficking victims in Virginia through direct immigration representation, community outreach, and referrals for civil legal remedies.

Immigrant victims of human trafficking face unique challenges in obtaining legal and social assistance. Many victims are unable to speak English, are unaware of available services and their rights, or are reluctant to report their traffickers due to the fear of deportation. Additionally, Virginia has one of the highest reported numbers of trafficking victims in the country. Some organizations in Virginia provide trafficking-related immigration services; however they either operate on a pro bono model or focus on a subset of victims, such as women. This leaves many victims without linguistically and culturally appropriate representation in immigration matters. The Trafficking Project helped address the unmet demand for trafficking services in Virginia by representing male and female immigrant victims in legal proceedings to access their rights and protections.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Katherine:

  • Established connections with local service providers, legal organizations, and law enforcement officials and speak with them about the project
  • Developed presentation materials and translate into other languages; begin giving presentations at immigrant community centers
  • Represented clients in immigration matters
  • Researched data tracking systems to monitor demographics of victims and their needs

Media

The Hypocrisy of Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Argument for a Border Wall