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Center for New Americans

The University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans, the only program of its kind in the U.S., was designed in partnership with leading area law firms and non-profit immigration legal services. Our shared mission is to expand urgently needed legal services for noncitizens, pursue litigation that will improve our nation's immigration laws, and educate noncitizens about their rights.

Founded in 2013 with generous support from the Robina Foundation, the Center is home to three dynamic clinics and an integrated education and outreach program that offer students unparalleled, hands-on educational experiences:

  • The Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic seeks to improve U.S. immigration law through collaborative impact litigation in the federal courts.
  • The Detainee Rights Clinic defends the rights of indigent noncitizens incarcerated by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries.
  • The education and outreach program educates noncitizens about their legal rights, and trains lawyers to provide high quality pro bono legal services in collaboration with our clinics.

Partners of the Center for New Americans include the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and the law firms of Faegre Baker Daniels; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; and Dorsey & Whitney.