Seton Hall’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic is teaming up in a collaborative project with the Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrants at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. In this new project, students from both universities will work together on petitions before the European Court of Human Rights in Bulgarian immigration cases involving family reunification issues. The Bulgarian students will have the primary role in interacting with clients in Bulgaria, including interviewing and counseling the clients directly. Their Seton Hall partners will focus on legal research and development of the written petition, while also examining the broader issues of the role that a human rights-based regime can play in issues of family separation, deportation, and detention that so often arise in their domestic immigration cases. On May 4, 2009, Valeria Ilareva, a human rights attorney and faculty member of the University of Sofia, in Sofia, Bulgaria, visited the Center for Social Justice and met with Seton Hall faculty to discuss the project.