Alumna Alejandra Aramayo Selected as 2018 Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow
March 8, 2018
American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) alumna Alejandra Aramayo ’16 has been named to the 2018 class of Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Fellows. The program is the country’s first fellowship dedicated to meeting the need for high quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.
“Alejandra is a perfect choice for this fellowship, given her demonstrated commitment to, and excellence in, immigrants’ rights work. We are fortunate that AUWCL graduates have been selected for this prestigious fellowship for five consecutive years,” said Professor Jayesh Rathod, director of AUWCL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic.
Aramayo, the daughter of immigrants, has long been passionate about immigrants’ rights. She went to law school to pursue a career in immigration law advocating for immigrants’ rights. While at American University Washington College of Law, Aramayo interned with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, the Arlington Immigration Court, and was a student attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic. She will join IJC after clerking at the U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas. Aramayo will work at Catholic Charities Community Services providing front line immigration relief to low-income immigrants in the Lower Hudson Valley, a region with a dearth of access to complex immigration representation.
“I am eagerly looking forward to representing clients with immigration matters and helping out the immigrant community in whatever capacity I can,” said Aramayo.
Launched in 2014 by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to address the growing issue of inadequate representation in New York City and across the country, the Immigrant Justice Corps has represented more than 2,000 families in complex immigration matters.