A Pioneering Collaboration: The Center for New Americans

Sally Silk

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Minnesota is home to nearly 400,000 foreign-born residents, many of whom have fled their home countries because of war, persecution, and human rights abuses. These refugees and asylees often are in dire need of expert assistance to navigate the U.S. legal system, yet most lack the resources to pay for counsel—and only a few have the funds to pursue a complex immigration appeal. Similarly, on any given day, 300 noncitizens in Minnesota are being held in detention. Unable to work, most cannot afford to hire a lawyer to defend their rights.

Disclaimer: Reprinted with Permission from the University of Minnesota Law School.