June 20 is World Refugee Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness about the struggles of refugees throughout the world. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.
Through NYLS’s dynamic new Asylum Clinic and longtime, highly respected Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic, students work directly with refugees and immigrants to provide counsel and representation on a variety of legal issues. NYLS is also home to the Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit founded by Professor Lenni Benson. Safe Passage counsels unaccompanied minors and is based on the premise that no child should face immigration court alone.
Adjunct Professor Claire R. Thomas ’11, Director of the Asylum Clinic, is featured on the new Women’s Protection and Empowerment podcast episode “How Is Immigration a Women’s Issue?” In the episode, she and experts from the International Rescue Committee discuss how significant changes to immigration, asylum, and refugee resettlement impact women and girls.
- Listen to the podcast.
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