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:
Fact Sheet: Muslim Ban Cases at the Supreme Court, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, June 21, 2017.
Muslim Ban 2.0 Litigation Timeline, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, June 21, 2017.
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.