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About the Immigration Clinic Section

Since 1979, the Immigration Clinic of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice has represented non-citizens before the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and federal courts.

The Immigration Section's clients come from all over the world seeking protection in the forms of asylum, withholding of removal and the relief under the U.N. Convention Against Torture. We also assist people who are long term residents, survivors of serious crimes, trafficking and domestic violence, and youth and minors who were abused, neglected or abandoned by their parent. 

In addition to direct client representation, the Immigration Section engages with the local community such as conducting a bi-monthly “Know Your Rights” immigration legal orientation program and consultation at Luke’s House, a community based health clinic located in Central City of the City of New Orleans.

2017 immigration section in class

Section Success

Over the last year and a half, the Immigration Section assisted more than 70 children with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) apply for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status. During the summer of 2022, many people with SIJS were granted Deferred Action from USCIS, including almost half of the Immigration Section's current clients with SIJS. In a series of marathon events, the Immigration Section assisted these clients in applying for the Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

*The Immigration Section is inactive for the 2022-2023 academic year*

Supervised by Professor Hiroko Kusuda

Section Snapshots

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