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Q&A: Mirella Ceja-Orozco, Co-Executive Director, Minnesota Freedom Fund

Mirella Ceja-Orozco, along with Elizer Darris, was recently appointed co-executive director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund. MFF’s mission is to end cash bail in the State of Minnesota and provide bail relief in the interim. The group, once operating on a shoestring, made national headlines last summer when it received more than $30 million in donations in the wake of the civil unrest following the brutal killing of George Floyd.

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Prof. Linus Chan Appointed Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar

Associate Clinical Professor of Law Linus Chan has been appointed the Law School's Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar.

The Papke Research Scholar title is intended to recognize and celebrate important scholarly contributions by the Law School’s clinical law faculty who have and continue to produce important and substantial scholarship. Chan’s appointment runs through June 30, 2023.

Prof. Linus Chan Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Immigrant Justice

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is honoring Professor Linus Chan for outstanding contributions to the cause of immigrant justice. 

Chan will be recognized as the group’s 2020 Member Honoree during the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Virtual Conference on Wednesday, July 22.

Law Students, Alums on Frontlines of Aiding Asylum Seekers

Minnesota Law students and alumni have been on the frontlines of protecting the rights of asylum seekers in a challenging political climate.

While a number of legal actions have been brought against various aspects of the “zero tolerance” immigration policy, some of the most poignant stories have come from asylum seekers. Some are locked in jail-like detention facilities under harsh physical conditions; some are trapped at the border waiting endlessly for a chance for a hearing; and some have already been returned to the lands that they fled without a ever having had a hearing.

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Students Experience ‘Profoundly Human Stories’ of Immigration and Detention in Louisiana

In January, students and staff of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans traveled to Alexandria, Louisiana, for what has become an annual service trip to work with immigration detainees in rural communities. Previously, the Binger Center worked with detainees in Arizona and Texas. This trip included students from the Binger Center’s Detainee Rights Clinic and the Asylum Law Project.

Left to right: 2L Nicholas Wolfson, 2L Eduardo Castro, 3L Allison Mrakovich, 1L Adam Green, and Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor Kathy Moccio

Students Experience ‘Profoundly Human Stories’ of Immigration and Detention in Louisiana

In January, students and staff of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans traveled to Alexandria, Louisiana, for what has become an annual service trip to work with immigration detainees in rural communities. Previously, the Binger Center worked with detainees in Arizona and Texas. This trip included students from the Binger Center’s Detainee Rights Clinic and the Asylum Law Project.

Left to right: 2L Nicholas Wolfson, 2L Eduardo Castro, 3L Allison Mrakovich, 1L Adam Green, and Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor Kathy Moccio