Immigrant Women Law & Policy Project (LAW-795T-001B)
Co-requisite: Law-795T-001A (Immigrant Women Law & Policy Seminar)
The course provides an opportunity to develop skills that are essential for students who are interested in careers as legislative, administrative, or public policy lawyers. The course is ideal for students interested in these fields, as well as students interested in immigrant women’s and victims’ legal rights. Students will learn hard skills including: legislative and administrative history research; drafting regulations and legislation; developing policy advocacy materials to submit to government agencies (e.g., talking points, policy analysis, law reform recommendations, and training materials); drafting tools used to craft legislation, regulations and negotiated public policy solutions.
Students will learn these skills by working on current legislative, federal agencies and other policy issues aimed at improving laws, policies, and practices to benefit immigrant women and children. Projects have a particular focus on immigrant victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking. Topics include immigration, family, crime victim services, public benefits, education, health care, and housing laws.
Students will also be placed in the office of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (WCL) and work on a practicum project for 1-3 additional credits. The practicum project is similar to an externship, with students participating in real time projects NIWAP is undertaking. Tasks include communication and/or meetings with government agency staff and students authoring written work(s) of publishable quality that are submitted to Congress, federal and state government agencies, and/or courts. Previous students’ work was submitted to: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security; The U.S. Department of Education; Legal Services Corporation; The U.S. Department of Justice; The Office on Violence Against Women; Bureau of Justice Assistance; State Justice Institute; The Board of Immigration Appeal; White House officials, and Hill staff.
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