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Conflict, Security, and Development Series: A Legal Empowerment Approach to Addressing Justice Barriers in the U.S. Immigration System

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This talk will explore an ongoing participatory evaluation project being carried out by the New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) in collaboration with NYU Law’s Global Justice Clinic and Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights.

The collaboration assesses NSC initiatives aimed at building the power and agency of families as they move through the immigration process. NSC stands in solidarity with those facing detention and deportation, who they call “friends” rather than immigrants, and coordinates a network of volunteers who accompany friends to court, provide legal and non-legal advice at a weekly pro-se clinic, and build relationships with NSC friends, seeing up close the violence and injustice of the immigration system.

The Global Justice Clinic and Bernstein Institute collaborate with NSC to evaluate the efficacy of the NSC’s approach, with a goal of producing literature highlighting the impact of legal empowerment methods to addressing justice barriers in the U.S. Immigration system.


Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law
The Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law
The Center for Global Affairs at NYU’s School of Professional Studies
The Program in International Relations at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012 United States
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