ASYLUM AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING CLINIC

 

WHAT WE DO

  • Prepare T visas, U visas, or asylum applications (immigration relief for foreign trafficked victims) and represent clients in non-adversarial hearings before administrative bodies

  • Litigate cases, which includes tasks such as drafting civil complaints against traffickers,
    preparing clients and witnesses to testify in asylum cases before an immigration judge, or seeking a predicate order in family court for special immigrant juveniles

  • Conduct investigative activities, such as working with state and county enforcement agencies to assist in the regulation of sexually oriented businesses, assisting in the investigation of potential violators, and issuing cease and desist letters leading to potential injunctive lawsuits

  • Raise awareness through CLE seminars for fellow students and legal community to educate and motivate others in the fight against human trafficking.

WHY WE SELECTED THIS CLINIC
Central to the clinic’s activities is aiding children: those who were forced into prostitution or labor by human traffickers, those who were abandoned in this country by their parents, and those who came here themselves to escape danger in their native countries.

The vulnerable clients who seek our assistance cannot be helped by traditional legal aid offices because of federal funding restrictions. Their cases present opportunities for students to hone lawyering skills in a variety of venues -- in state court, in federal agency hearings, and in federal court.

WHO’S INVOLVED

       
Kristin Zipple-Shedd
Adjunct Professor

 
 
 




IMMIGRATION CLINIC

WHAT WE DO

  • Represent clients in a wide array of immigration matters, ranging from adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence and pathways to citizenship

  • Provide dynamic community education and workshops about immigration programs including Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)

WHY WE SELECTED THIS CLINIC
Houston is among the most diverse cities in the United States. There is a large population in need of immigration legal services and many cannot be helped by traditional legal service providers because of federal and state funding restrictions.


       
Vinh Ho
Director,
Immigration Initiatives




 
 
       
Aimee Maldonado
Staff Attorney