February 03, 2020 | Denise Wager
For the second year in a row, Rudy Monterrosa ’01 J.D., an immigration attorney and adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School, traveled to Texas for four days during winter break to provide legal assistance to immigrant women and their children who are seeking asylum in the United States.
Working with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, a program run under the umbrella of the Immigration Justice Campaign, Monterrosa and others in the group, including third-year law student Grace Nickels, met with women at the South Texas Family Residential Center, the largest immigrant detention center in the United States.
Similar to last year, the group helped women prepare for credible fear interviews and immigration court during their process of applying for asylum. The interview is the first step in the asylum process.
Changes in the federal government’s policies regarding immigration this year have led to fewer women being approved for asylum and many have had their cases denied. Monterrosa’s group helped women prepare for a de novo judicial review with an immigration judge.
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