Center for Social Justice Initiatives

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) released a report, Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation, documenting an alarming number of cases in which U.S. hospitals have forcibly repatriated vulnerable undocumented patients, who are ineligible for public insurance as a result of their immigration status, in an effort to cut costs.

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Iman Saad '17

Iman Saad '17: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Iman Saad ’17 works with faculty at the Center for Social Justice on issues of immigration and human rights

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) selects Scholars each year who seeks careers in public interest, offering them an opportunity to collaborate with faculty in pursuit of their interests and aspirations. Iman Saad '17, the 2015-16 CSJ Scholar, has a passion for international human rights and immigration. Saad: “Based on my family’s background, living in Lebanon and moving to the United States...I am committed to helping immigrants in the United States as well as refugees throughout the world.” Full story >>



Professor Jessica Miles

Professor Jessica Miles on NJTV

Professor Jessica Miles, who teaches in the Family Law Clinic of the Center for Social Justice, spoke with NJTV about the case of a woman who left her toddler in a car for 10 minutes on a cool day and consequently, was added to the state's registry of child abusers. Professor Miles: "...a parent's situation has to be examined based on the totality of the circumstances, looking at a number of factors as to whether...there was gross negligence leaving the child." Full story >>




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Professor Farrin Anello in the Star-Ledger on the impending New Jersey Supreme Court decision regarding the fate of abused juvenile immigrants in the U.S.

The Star-Ledger reported on an impending decision to be issued by the New Jersey State Supreme court regarding the deportation of a 15 year-old Indian boy. This decision will set a precedent for 500 to 700 other children in New Jersey who are fighting a similar battle to stay in the U.S.




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Rejecting the Torturers’ Promise: CSJ Files Amici Brief in Fourth Circuit on Behalf of 30 Human Rights Scholars

Amici argue that the Convention Against Torture Prohibits the removal of individuals to third-countries based upon diplomatic assurances that the receiving country will not torture.

Center for Social Justice Clinic Students Thomas Lehman ’15 and Christine Le ’15 filed a amici curiae brief in the Fourth Circuit arguing that three Rwandan nationals must have an opportunity to challenge diplomatic assurances purporting to justify their removal to a country where they have already been tortured, and where they claim (and an immigration judge has previously agreed) they will be tortured again. Full story >>