Immigration Law Clinic

The Immigration Law Clinic of the University Washington School of Law is operated in partnership with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the state’s primary provider of immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees. Students work on the cases of individuals who seek asylum and face the possibility of deportation from the U. S. and would otherwise lack legal representation. NWIRP screens and refers clients to the Immigration Law Clinic.

Immigration Law Clinic News

  • Oct 21, 2015

    Source: Aljazeera

    Hundreds have been expelled after being convicted of crimes, but some say they never knew they were not US citizens.
  • Nov 22, 2014

    Source: The Nation

    In his speech on Thursday night announcing his latest executive action on immigration policy, President Obama took great pains to tell the country what his new immigration policy is not: it is not “amnesty,” just a way for people to avoid deportation; it is not citizenship, just work authorization; it won’t provide social welfare benefits, it will just allow employers to keep exploiting immigrant labor.
  • Jun 15, 2012


    Among the Immigration Law Clinic's victories this school year, Ben Harris ’12 and MariRuth Petzing ’13 successfully defended 30-year-old Khuong Ta against deportation. Ta faced deportation to Vietnam after his family fled from the country when he was an infant.
  • Sep 23, 2011


    Congratulations to Teymur Askerov '12 and Melanie Beckwith '11, two immigration law clinic students, and to advanced clinic student Meghan Kelly '11 who successfully defended a 33-year-old detained man from being sent back to Sudan, where he feared he would be tortured.   Athian Bol tells an amazing story and Signe Dortch and her team were able to focus attention on the widespread and egregious human rights violations occurring in Sudan. Well done to the students and to clinic director Signe Dortch.
  • Mar 01, 2011


    2010 was the UW Immigration Law Clinic’s winningest year since the clinic’s inception.
  • Sep 01, 2008

    Source: KCBA Bulletin

    On July 11, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that there had been a nearly 40% increase in the number of individuals deported from Washington, Oregon and Alaska during the previous nine months, as compared to the same period in the year before. The government’s statistics make clear what advocates for immigrants have known for some time: A difficult situation has become dire.

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