In the last decade, Judge Robert Katzmann, Chief Justice for the United States court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, noticed a new wave of immigration cases flooding local, state, and federal courts — sometimes occupying up to 40% of the docket. With immigration reform seeming less likely than ever in a politically polarized Washington, DC, what can be done at the city and local level to enable immigrants to accurately and effectively navigate the U.S. legal system?

Roosevelt House hosted a conversation with leading experts from the Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) & the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) — two of the most ambitious immigrant representation initiatives in the United States — for a discussion on policy solutions to close the justice gap for immigrants. The panel discussed these policy initiatives within the context of the partisan gridlock on immigration reform in Washington, and offered ideas as to replicating some of New York’s successful initiatives elsewhere in the country. This event was moderated by Mirela Iverac, Immigration and Poverty reporter for WNYC.


Angela Fernandez  Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and co-founder of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project

Robert A. Katzmann  Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Peter L. Markowitz  Interim Executive Director of the Immigrant Justice Corps

Improving Immigrant Access to Justice: Innovative Approaches | Posted on April 28th, 2014 | Human Rights Program Events, Public Policy Program Events, Public Programs