Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights

The INCR clinic includes on its docket a number of civil liberties cases arising out of government policies in the aftermath of September 11, including citizen and non-citizen military imprisonment without charge or process, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, international human rights and humanitarian law issues, and other issues.

Students may be responsible for a range of roles in these cases, including legal research and writing, oral argument, client interviewing, and coordination with accompanying political campaigns. Concretely, INCR clinic students have drafted, filed and argued motions in federal district court; they have written appellate and Supreme Court briefs on live client matters; and they have engaged in negotiations with various U.S. government agencies as well as foreign government representatives in New York and Washington, D.C. in order to advance client interests. Students have also conducted privileged meetings with clients at the U.S. military prison facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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CLOSE-UP: Immigrant and Refugee Rights <pdf>

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