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Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic


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 President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  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. ​​The Clinic has also conducted group rights presentations for immigration detainees held at the Clinton County Jail.​​ The Clinic recently joined 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:

Immigration in a New Administration: What Educators Need to Know
Slides from the April 5, 2017 co-hosted with the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights. Handout version available here.

Immigration Law and Policy After the Executive Orders: Five Key Points
Five points to educate the community about immigration law and policy under the recent Executive Orders issued by President Trump, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, March 25, 2017.

For the Community: Learn and Know Your Rights
All person, including non-citizens, have rights. The Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic has created this summary of rights based on location, April 1, 2017.

ACSBlog: Musings on Muslim Ban 2.0, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, March 13, 2017.

Shoba's Favorite Quotes From a Hawaii Court Order Converting the Temporary Restraining Order to a Preliminary Injunction, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, March 30, 2017.

Arab and Muslim Ban 2.0 Litigation Update, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic for American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, March 16, 2017.

Summary of Executive Order: Protecting The Nation From Terrorist Entry To The United States, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, March 6, 2017.

Updated Fact Sheet: Revised Executive Order Restricting Muslim Entry to the U.S., Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, March 9, 2017. 

Untangling the Waiver Scheme in 'Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,' Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, March 27, 2017.

Latest Developments on Executive Orders on Immigration


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