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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) advocate on behalf of immigrant populations most at risk of deportation.

The DDC activities are shaped by the constantly changing landscape of immigration enforcement. Responsibilities may include raid response and impact litigation.

Students will also:

  • provide representation in immigration court,
  • often on behalf of detained individuals,
  • for matters including bond,
  • motions to suppress evidence obtained in violation of a noncitizen’s constitutional rights,
  • motions to reopen removal proceedings for people with prior orders of removal,
  • motions to reconsider orders of removal in light of new precedent,
  • as well as appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Additional DDC projects include extensive community advocacy in response to new federal immigration initiatives and legislative and administrative advocacy.

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