ProBAR is Excited to Recognize our Summer 2023 Cohort of Law Student Fellows
This summer we have 5 additions to our team – Fatima, Geneva, Itzia, Emily, and Francisco. These five Fellows are dedicating ten weeks of their summer to immerse themselves in the field of immigration legal services at the U.S.-Mexico border. The ProBAR team has greatly appreciated the passion and commitment they bring to our work.
Fatima is a graduate of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and is a 2L law student at Baylor University School of Law who has prior paralegal experience at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. Fatima has also held internship positions at the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office and at the U.S. House of Representatives. Fatima enjoyed how welcoming the ProBAR team has been so far. She states, “I have learned so much about the immigration system and have contributed to the team’s work in meaningful ways. I hope to continue working on different cases and gaining hands-on experiences.”
Geneva, a 3L law student at New York University School of Law, previously interned at American Friends Service Committee in Newark, New Jersey and has served as a Clinical Intern at Immigrant Justice Corps.
Itzia is a 2L law student at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, has volunteer experience at The Justice Initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Emily, a 3L law student at the American University Washington College of Law, previously held an internship position at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and has prior experience as an immigration paralegal.
Francisco, a 2L law student at the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. He is a Graduate Assistant in the Children’s Rights and Justice Initiative at Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane, WA and has prior experience as a paralegal. Francisco shares, “This is a truly a hands-on experience that has put my legal education into practice. ProBAR has also made it clear that the organization cares about its staff as they provide mental health days and social activities to decompress.”
Our Legal Fellows, along with their valuable and unique perspectives and backgrounds, have been a wonderful asset to our team. While our fellows gain valuable hands-on experience in the immigration legal field, they allow us to greatly amplify our mission of empowering migrants.
Stay tuned for our Fall Newsletter where you can read more about their experience with ProBAR and within the Rio Grande Valley.