The Immigrant Rights Project 


The Immigrant Rights Project is a student-run pro bono project at the University of Pennsylvania Law School 

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Welcome to The Immigrant Rights Project, formerly the Penn Law Immigration Clinic (PLIC)!  The Immigrant Rights Project is a student-run pro bono project that provides direct legal services to indigent immigrants in the greater Philadelphia area, under the supervision of attorneys at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and other organizations.  Many students are engaged in case work, assisting immigrants from all over the world in applications for asylum and for protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  These students serve clients seeking to adjust their status in applications before the Department of Homeland Security, through both affirmative filings with Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and defensive filings in the Philadelphia and York Prison Immigration Courts. 

Other students are engaged in research, either on asylum or on issues related to the repatriation and resettlement of two detainees at Guantanamo Bay.  Still other students research and advocate for better immigration policy, focusing on the consequences of local enforcement of federal immigration law.  Finally, some students conduct intake for clients at HIAS.  More generally, the Project brings together students interested in immigration and international human rights issues.

Since its founding in 2002,  the Project has grown to its current size of 37 first, second, and third year JD students and LLMs.  The Project is coordinated by two student directors.