Mackenzie Heinrichs ’18 Named Equal Justice Works Fellow

Mackenzie Heinrichs ’18 is a recipient of the 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Heinrichs will provide outreach, education, and legal representation to immigrant young adults in Minnesota in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Heinrichs is passionate about working with immigrants because of her experience working as a student director at Minnesota Law’s Detainee Rights Clinic, where she represented detained immigrants in removal proceedings, and as an attorney-advisor at the Otay Mesa Immigration Court. Heinrichs’s experiences in immigration law have further solidified her commitment to expanding access to legal services for immigrant communities and to advocating for the rights of those communities.  

As a fellow, Heinrichs will provide outreach, education, and legal representation by working with local high schools, community colleges, and universities to increase access to legal assistance for immigrant young adults.  She will conduct outreach and education through know-your-rights presentations at schools and will provide on-site legal clinics at schools. She will directly represent immigrant young adults who are DACA recipients or could become DACA eligible. She will incorporate pro bono volunteers, create strong relationships with schools, and develop a replicable school-legal partnership model, ensuring that the immigrant young adult community in Minnesota will have access to legal resources well beyond the term of the project. 

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