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Deportation Defense Clinic

Deportation Defense Clinic

Professor Emily Torstveit Ngara, Attorney-in-Charge

Services to the Community

The Deportation Defense Clinic (DDC) at Hofstra Law is now taking referrals.

The DDC will be offering the following services to the community:

  • Rapid raid response, including:
    • Support for family members of the individuals picked up by ICE
    • Representation for bond hearings
    • Motions to Suppress  
    • Motions to Terminate
    • Motions to Reopen (for individuals with final in absentia orders of removal)
  • Motions to Reopen in absentia orders
  • Bond hearings
  • Consultations to determine eligibility for relief or status and FOIA review

The DDC will not be offering full representation on the merits.


The DDC’s priorities for case selection and consultations are:

  1. Individuals picked up in ICE raids
  2. LGBTQ detainees
  3. Unaccompanied minors falsely accused of gang involvement
  4. Detained individuals
  5. DACA recipients with in absentia orders of removal
  6. TPS recipients with in absentia orders of removal
  7. Other individuals with prior orders of removal

Referrals should call 516-463-5934 to complete the intake process or schedule a consultation.

Organizations with questions can email Professor Emily Torstveit Ngara, attorney-in-charge.

Information for Students

Maximum Enrollment: 20 Students

Students in the Deportation Defense Clinic (DDC) work to protect immigrant communities most at risk for deportation.

Students’ work includes:

  • responding to raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
  • legislative and administrative advocacy at the federal, state and local levels,
  • conducting consultations,
  • individual representation, including filing motions to reopen removal proceedings for noncitizens who were ordered removed in absentia,
  • educating communities about their rights,
  • representing immigration detainees,
  • litigation on behalf of vulnerable communities, and
  • responding to changes in enforcement policies.

Students work under the supervision of the DDC attorneys and receive 6 credits per semester.