Asylum and Immigration Project
About the Trip

Immigration Trip
BC Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459

tel: 617-552-0880
fax: 617-552-2615

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About the Immigration Trip

The Immigration Trip was student-initiated as a Spring Break service trip in 1988. BC Law professor Daniel Kanstroom has overseen the project since its inception. In its first year about ten students traveled to Florida to work with the Haitian Refugee Center. This was the only placement for a few years until placements in El Paso, Texas, and at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Catholic Charities and Lutheran Ministries were added. Through the tremendous energy of many students over the years, and with the support of other BC faculty including Frank Herrmann and Sarah Ignatius, the project has grown. This year there were over 25 student volunteers at 6 regional placements (Miami, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Eloy, AZ; Harlingen, TX; and Washington, DC).

The trip was initially funded by the Dean, (supplemented by benefit concerts and other activities), but Prof. Kanstroom's desire that students understand that public service work is a great opportunity and a privilege has led to a system where much of the fundraising is the responsibility of the students. Today, the Dean has agreed to match whatever fundraising the students generate.

The program mainly seeks first year law students as participants because it allows them to harness the idealistic impulses with which they entered law school, and exposes them to public interest work in a most intense, challenging and rewarding arena. A fundamental value of the project is that it is driven by student initiative and energy.

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