As part of New York City’s 9th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week, the New York City Council awarded Proclamations to six Law School clinics for their "outstanding service" to the immigrant community. The recognition was spearheaded by Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Committee on Immigration. Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Clinic was one of the recipients. Professors Stacy Caplow and Dan Smulian accepted the Proclamation from Councilmember Dromm, who sponsored the Proclamation.
Since the Safe Harbor Project began in 1997, BLS students have secured immigration status for more than 100 clients from countries all over the world. They are incredibly committed to their clients whose lives are often in the balance, and experience the indescribable satisfaction of changing lives forever. “Every year, BLS students plunge into this work wholeheartedly and reap the rewards of helping people who are struggling to find a safe place to start over,” said Professor Stacy Caplow, co-director of the clinic.
Recent victories include an Immigration Court matter after which asylum was granted to a young man from South Asia who was severely hurt by his father’s political enemies. Students Sayeda Abbas ’12, Dina Kleyman ’12, and Shannon Karam ’12 worked on this case for almost a year. Amanda Bernardo ’12, Laurie Cartwright ’13 and Michelle Kim ’12 also secured asylum in the Clinic’s first case for a transgender client, a woman from Central America.