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The Trump Administration has systematically attacked the legal and procedural framework available to individuals seeking safety from harm in the United States. From family separation and detention at the border to changes to long-standing interpretations of asylum law and the erosion of due process for individuals in immigration court proceedings, these changes have devastating real-world consequences. The fundamental shift in asylum and refugee policy constitutes a marked departure from the values upon which this nation was founded.
Emily Torstveit Ngara directs the Deportation Defense Clinic (DDC) which provides direct representation for individuals at imminent risk of deportation as well as law reform advocacy and community education on Long Island. The DDC has represented clients from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti, British Virgin Islands, Cote D’Ivoire, Brazil, and Peru.
Before Joining the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Professor Torstveit Ngara was a Clinical Fellow in the University of Baltimore Immigrant Rights Clinic and the University of the District of Columbia Immigration and Human Rights Clinic where she supervised students in the representation of indigent noncitizens in a variety of immigration matters. Professor Torstveit Ngara also clerked on the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division and served as a post-graduate fellow at Nationalities Service Center where she represented low-income individuals in immigration matters and the Toll Public Interest Center at Penn Law where she provided pro bono counseling for students and supported public interest programming at the law school.
Professor Torstveit Ngara is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
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