Mission: The Immigration Law Society (IMLS) at UCLA seeks to educate students on issues impacting the immigrant community, as well as bridge a connection with immigration law academic scholars and practitioners. A primary focus of the organization is to help law students volunteer with agencies that provide free or low-cost legal services for low-income immigrants. Students who volunteer with the VAWA Clinic work with attorneys at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to prepare declarations for victims of serious crimes, including domestic violence, in order to apply for U-Visas and VAWA. Students also volunteer with the Youth Deportation Defense Clinic, in conjunction with the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, by conducting legal screenings for minors to help the family identify potential defenses to deportation and connect the child with free or low-cost representation.
Other volunteer opportunities include assisting local non-profit organizations with processing applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other forms of relief. IMLS also organizes educational speaker series on hot topics, the Spanish for Lawyers training program and an annual mixer with immigration law practitioners.
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