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RESCHEDULED: Southern Border Advocacy Trip Debriefing
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Please join us at this debriefing (rescheduled from Monday, January 14)!

1/18/2019
When: Friday, January 18, 2019
5 to 7 pm
Where: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Room 515
4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Contact: Liana Montecinos


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Flyer with photo of migrants walking and the caption Debrief on our experiences serving refugees at our southern border and discussion on next steps

 

UDC Law organized a group of 14 advocates to provide legal services for refugees/asylum seekers at our southern border from December 23-30.

During their holiday break from school and from work, our UDC Law students, alumni, and allies served through Al Otro Lado, a non-profit organization providing legal services for asylum seekers at the border. Our advocates served in legal observation and preparing refugees for their credible fear interviews at various settings including the port of entry at Chaparral/Ped West, shelters, safe houses, and encampments. They also provided charlas/clinics on asylum law and what to expect during the asylum process or “the deportation conveyer belt,” as some of the advocates called it. With some additional money they fund raised, our advocates provided necessary food, feminine products, chairs, tables, and towels to the unaccompanied children's shelter where there are about 50 unaccompanied minors.

The reality of the refugees was heart-wrenching, the human right violations were outrageous, the service was humbling, and leaving was the hardest part.

There are about 10,000 displaced refugees from the Central American exodus in dire need of legal services at the southern border of the United States. We are so proud that on this trip, our UDC Law students, alumna, and allies served hundreds of refugees during their time there. We thank Dean Brittain, Prof. Waysdorf, and Prof. Campbell for supporting and guiding us. We also thank the generous organizations and individuals who supported our efforts. But above all, we are really grateful for our legal education at UDC Law, which provided us with the cultural sensitivity training and the legal skills to best serve the most vulnerable communities. Our service does not end here. For more information, please come to this debrief. #presente #equitywarriors #brownadvocates

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