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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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Seton Hall Law and Organizations Push for Release of Detained Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Holder

An Afghan man who received a Special Immigrant Visa for his service to the U.S. forces has cleared a critical hurdle in his fight to avoid deportation to Afghanistan, where he has been targeted by anti-American Taliban militants. On March 24, the U.S. government found that the man has a credible asylum claim because of his service to our Armed Forces. This ruling protects him from immediate removal, but he now faces the prospect of months in immigration detention while he continues his quest for protection in the United States. Read More >>

Lori Nessel

Seton Hall Law Professor, Lori Nessel, Comments on New Jersey's Immigration Court

From Courts handling immigration matters these days are overwhelmed across the country, with backlogs of pending cases now at an all-time high, say U.S. Department of Justice officials. Through the end of January, there were 542,646 pending cases, according to the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR, and those numbers continue to climb. "It is a system that is already notoriously overburdened," said Lori Nessel, director of Seton Hall University School of Law's Center for Social Justice. Read more >>

Lori Nessel

Professor Lori Nessel Writes Op Ed on Immigration

Immigration law has long been used to accomplish goals that would be unthinkable in other areas of law. It was used to exclude Chinese immigrants from entering or returning to the United States for over 60 years and to forcibly deport and/or scare over one million Mexican immigrants and United States citizens of Mexican descent into giving up their lives in America and repatriating to Mexico during the Great Depression. Over the years, massive raids have been carried out in homes and workplaces, tearing apart families and leaving American children without one or both parents. Read more >>

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SHU President Joins Campaign to Support Immigrant Students

Seton Hall University President, A. Gabriel Esteban has added his signature to a list of more than 400 others in Catholic higher education in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA.) The program safeguards hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who fled to the United States as children. Seton Hall Law School immigration advocates consider the signing of this campaign to be imperative in continuing and expanding the program. Read more >>

Iman Saad '17

International Law Fellowship Awarded

Iman Saad ‘17 is the 2016 recipient of the Seton Hall Law International Law Fellowship, and will spend the summer working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Beirut. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to serve an organization that helps and supports refugees, especially in my former home in Lebanon,” she said. Full story >>

CSJ Students Win Asylum for Honduran Family

CSJ Secures Asylum for a Honduran Family

Students of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice Immigrants' Rights/International Human Rights Clinic obtained asylum for a woman and her two children, survivors of severe domestic violence in their native Honduras. Diane Lopez '16 (pictured, center), worked on the case: “The look on their faces when we won the case...meant more than I ever imagined. It will stay with me forever.” Full story >>

Valerie Weiss '16

Valerie Weiss '16: Scholarship Award Winner

The New Jersey Women's Law Association has selected Valerie Weiss as its Seton Hall Law scholarship award winner for 2016, and will formally present the award to her at the organization's gala on March 22. The selection committee was impressed with her demonstrable commitment to the Association's goals of advancing and empowering women. Full story >>

Iman Saad '17

Iman Saad '17: Center for Social Justice Scholar

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 >>

Farrin Anello

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.


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

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 >>

Sergio Suarez and Christopher Cochran awarded CSJ Scholars

2014-15 Center for Social Justice Scholars

Sergio Suarez '16 (pictured, left) and Christopher Cochran '16 (pictured, right), are this year's CSJ Scholars, selected for their dedication to public interest law. Suarez, a native of Newark, said, "It is hard to put into words the incredible pride I feel in attending law school in my hometown. I’m in a unique position to help those in my community.” Read more >>

Antoinette Solomon and Sofia Iqbal CSJ Scholars

CSJ Names New Center for Social Justice Scholars

Antoinette Solomon '16 (pictured, left) and Sofia Iqbal '16 (pictured, right) were named the 2013-14 Center for Social Justice Scholars. They will focus on urban revitalization and international/human rights issues and cases within in the Center's clinic settings. Read more.