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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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Collaboration with University of Sofia, BulgariaAALS Clinical Teaching Conference
“Cross-Border Collaboration: Unique Challenges and Teaching Opportunities”

Event Date: May 9, 2009, Cleveland, Ohio 

Lori Nessel, Director, Center for Social Justice and Professor of Law, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, and Leena Khandwala, Clinical Teaching Fellow, presented on the topic of Cross-Border Collaboration in Clinical Teaching.  They were joined by Valeria Ilareva, of the University of Sofia, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The session focused on cross-border collaborations, drawing upon a new joint project between Seton and the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. In this new collaborative project, students are teamed up to work on petitions before the European Court of Human Rights in Bulgarian immigration cases involving family reunification issues. The panel addressed issues such as potential differences in culture, language, and pedagogy, as well as logistical difficulties with dramatic time differences and imperfect communication technolgoies. More information

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National Convening on Subprime Lending, Foreclosure and Race

Event Date: October 2-3, 2008

Professor Linda Fisher lent her expertise to the symposium on October 2, 2008. She presented before the panel Litigation, Reform & Legislative Reponses. More information

Emerging Issues in Subprime & Predatory Lending Research

Event Date: May 9 & 10, 2008

houseforsaleThe Center for Social Justice, led by Professor Linda E. Fisher, hosted a national conference for research scholars, advocates and government officials concerned about subprime lending and the current credit crisis. Participants from the United States and Australia represented a wide range of disciplines, from legal scholars and practicing lawyers to economics, political scientists and city planners.
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Immigration Court Defense after ICE Raids: Basics of Filing a Suppression Motion 

A Practical Skills Training for Immigration Attorneys

statue_smEvent Date: March 10, 2008

Topics Included:

  1. Overview of ICE Home Raids & Related Local and National Litigation
  2. 4th and 5th Amendment and Regulatory Protections
  3. Additional Suppression Theories & Issues
  4. Preparing and Filing Motions to Suppress
  5. Discovery Requests and Contesting Charges of Inadmissibility

Day Laborer's Event

Event Date: January 14, 2008

laborerThe Center for Social Justice and American Friends co-sponsored a day-long meeting of Newark Area Day Laborers. The meeting included over 100 day laborers and representatives from the Legal Aid Society, US Department of Labor, NY State Department of Labor and the NY State Attorney Generals Office. There were several informational panels throughout the day, including a panel on collecting unpaid wages; education on immigration raids; and on relationships with unions.

Center for Social Justice Fall Cocktail Reception

Event Date: November 29, 2007CSJ cocktails

Held annually, the Fall Cocktail Reception is a chance for local public interest law advocates and former clinic students to socialize and network. The CSJ also formally introduces our new fellows and practitioners at this event.


Advancing Human Rights in Haiti: Exploring MINSTAH's Record

Event Date: September, 27, 2007

humanrights_haiti_image232Seton Hall Law School will host a forum on Sept. 27, 2007 to discuss the record of MINUSTAH (Missions des Nations Unies pour la stabilization en Haiti) —the UN’s peacekeeping force in Haiti—in promoting and respecting human rights in Haiti. The event is timed to precede the re-authorization of MINUSTAH’S mandate, which is set to expire on Oct. 15, 2007. The forum will bring together key experts in human rights and Haiti to explore MINUSTAH’s successes, as well as accusations that the mission has either contributed to or participated in human rights violations by the Haitian National Police.

Exploring Human Trafficking: Local Response

Event Date: March 1, 2007

human_traffickingCo-Sponsored by the Center for Social Justice and the Womens' Law Forum

A panel discussion to focus on the problem of human trafficking in the tri-state area. Panelists include representatives from Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the NJ Attorney General's Office, local legal service organizations, and two victims.


Access to Health Care as a Human Right: The Need to Protect the Social and Economic Rights of the World's Poor

Event Date: February 28, 2007

farmer_flyer_photo193132A Presentation by Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D.
Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology,
Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University Medical School,
and Founding Director, Partners in Health



Film Screening: The Price of Sugar

Event Date: February 21, 2007

sugar"The Price of Sugar," directed by Hill Haney, explores a Spanish priest's journey into the sugar plantations of the Dominican Republic where he discovers the existence of widespread trafficking of Haitians to work on the plantations, where they are effectively trapped, sometimes for generations, under backbreaking and inhumane conditions.


Photo Exhibition & Community Conversations: Anfas listwa nou -Facing Our History

Event Date: February 2007

event_fo_historyAnfas listwa nou • Facing our History  is an innovative photo exhibition and community conversation project based on the photographs of award-winning Haitian photojournalist Daniel Morel.