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Citizenship Day 2014

On April 5, 2014, students participated in the American Immigration Lawyers Association sponsored "Citizenship Day 2014," a single-day workshop with sites around the country providing assistance to lawful permanent residents eligible for naturalization, at Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL). This is the fifth year this event has been held at FCSL. Under the leadership of FCSL Alum, Professor Kara Roberts, Jacksonville Legal Aid Refugee Project Attorney, the Naturalization and Citizenship Clinic students planned and coordinated the event. Student volunteers, local attorneys, FCSL staff and local AILA members enabled 80 lawful permanent residents complete the naturalization application process in a single day.

Labor Trafficking Visa Success for Coastal Clinic

Florida Coastal Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic has been representing Human Trafficking Victims in Jacksonville since 2007. This past week the clinic obtained a Trafficking Visa for a victim of labor trafficking. The victim had entered the United States lawfully on an agricultural visa but had been abused and taken advantage of by an employer after arrival in the United States. When the victim asked to be released from the employers charge the employer threatened to have the victim deported and refused to return his documents. The case was part of a larger group of cases involving victims from around the state of Florida and is the second labor trafficking case the clinic has won this semester. The victim is now able to live without fear and begin rebuilding his life. Christina Chavez, Alejandro Reyes, Jasmine Dortival and James Carbonell worked on the case. All four students are bilingual.