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George Washington University Law School Immigration Law Association's Alternative Spring Break Trip

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EVENT DATE: Mar 03, 2013

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The Immigration Law Association is a student run organization that is very active in the immigration community in DC. ILA’s mission is to promote awareness of immigration law issues on campus and to provide immigration law pro bono opportunities for students. For example, last year ILA hosted a panel of immigration law practitioners speaking on the topic of immigration and sexuality. ILA also works with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR) every year to provide student volunteers to work its detention hotline and to visit area detention centers.
This year ILA is putting together an Alternative Spring Break trip to the U.S./Mexico border in Tucson, Arizona. The trip will take place during the first week of March 2013. The purpose of this trip is to provide 10-12 GW Law students the opportunity to explore immigration issues at the U.S./Mexico border, focusing on human rights, due process and homeland security. The trip would also provide students the opportunity to perform two days of pro bono legal work with a non-profit immigration law organization. We think this trip is extremely timely given the recent Supreme Court case of Arizona v. United States, which is focused on the constitutionality of SB1070, an Arizona state law.
The estimated cost for this trip for 12 students is $11,800. This figure includes transportation to and from Arizona and throughout the week, lodging, a Guide, meetings with community organizations and a two day legal service project. The students will cover the cost of food for the week and part of the transportation costs. Because of ILA’s limited budget, we have not been able to secure enough funding to make this Alternative Spring Break affordable for most law students. Any amount you are able to contribute would greatly aid in making this trip affordable for interested students.



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