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Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

Fall 2017 group




Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic is directed by Professor and immigration expert​ Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia. At the Clinic, students produce white papers, practitioner toolkits, and primers of national impact for institutional clients based in Washington D.C., and across the nation. Organizational clients have included the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council (AIC), Human Rights First, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and Project South, among others. 

Students at the Clinic also engage in community outreach and education on immigration topics such as immigration remedies for victims of crimes and Presidential executive actions on immigration, and in this capacity has worked closely with the Borough of State College and local organizations on emerging immigration topics. The Clinic also provides legal support in individual cases of immigrants challenging deportation (removal) or seeking protection by the Department of Homeland Security and in the courts. ​​Following the Presidential election 2016, the Clinic has reached more than 500 individuals and families and served as a clearinghouse for the community and nationally on changing immigration law and policy.​ The Clinic is a member of Welcoming America, a national movement of organizations and municipal governments interested in making their communities more welcoming to immigrants and refugees.

Professor Wadhia’s teaching goal is for students to gain the skills required to be effective immigration advocates and attorneys.  This requires a combined understanding and appreciation for immigration law, policy, and politics, and the relationships between them. Students have primary responsibility in making case/project-related decisions, reflecting deliberatively on their work, and collaborating with clients to achieve positive results.

New from the Center:

Supreme Court Preview: Pereira v. Sessions: Should the Notice to Appear Contain Complete Information in Order to Trigger the Stop-Time Rule?

On April 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Pereira v. Sessions.  The issue in the case is “Whether, to trigger the stop-time rule by serving a ‘notice to appear,’ the government must ‘specify’ the items listed in the definition of a ‘notice to appear,’ including ‘[t]he time and place at which the proceedings will be held.’”



Travel Ban 3.0 at the Supreme Court: Oral Argument Preview, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, April 11, 2018.

Deferred Enforcement Departure for Liberians: What We Know
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, March 27, 2018.

A View from the Ground: Stories of Families Separated by the Presidential Proclamation (February 20, 2018):
This fact sheet provides an overview based on the experiences of individuals impacted by the Presidential Proclamation who are attempting to reunite with their family members in the United States but have had their waivers denied or are pending approval. These cases raise serious concerns about the waiver process and mean that some families are in limbo until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a final decision, which we anticipate in June 2018.

More information can be found here.

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