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photo Through its access to justice and problem solving programs, the Center addresses New York’s “justice gap,” which adversely affects the lives of individuals and commu¬nities living in poverty; the Center takes a problem-solving approach to improving policies and practices that affect vulnerable populations. View the 2014 Report.


photo Children and youth face many barriers in accessing state court to obtain the necessary predicate SIJS findings, including procedural, substantive, and practical obstacles.  The need to make access to the state juvenile courts more consistent and streamlined became even more acute after the "surge" of 2014.  A working group composed of law students and experts in immigration and family law from American Friends Service Committee, Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and the Child Advocacy Clinic at Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, with pro bono support from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, formed to develop a report, Special Provisions for Immigrant Youth: A Model State Statute,  to provide model statutory language aimed at promoting uniformity across jurisdictions as well as the right of all SIJS-eligible immigrant children to access their respective state court systems. 


photo Findings from a Survey of Lawyers Representing Immigrant Youth Eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in NYS Family Court.
A survey of lawyers representing immigrant youth has found that these young people routinely encounter obstacles in attempting to access New York State’s family courts.

The 19-page report, Findings from a Survey of Lawyers Representing Immigrant Youth Eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in NYS Family Court, documents the challenges faced by immigrant youth, their families, and their legal counsel when accessing or attempting to access New York family courts in pursuit of the factual findings that are a prerequisite to apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for an immigration benefit known as special immigrant juvenile status (SIJ). Click HERE for more……



photo Improving Parent Feedback for New York City Child Welfare System

Feerick Center Social Justice Clinic Releases Report on Improving Parent Feedback for New York City Child Welfare System
December 20, 2013.

Feerick Center for Social Justice Clinic released a report on improving parent feedback for the New York City Child Welfare System. The report is based on a Convening on Developing Parent Feedback Models for the New York City Child Welfare System that took place at the Skadden Arps law firm on March 1, 2013. Click HERE for more.... 



photo Respecting the Just Rights of Workers: Guidance and Options for Catholic Health Care and Unions

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, jointly with leaders of American labor, and the leadership of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, released a set of guiding principles for creating a fair process for workers in Catholic health care institutions to decide whether or not to form a union.

 Fordham Law School's Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution facilitated the dialogue process among these groups over a period of two years and substantially participated in the drafting of the resulting document. Released at a press conference on Monday, June 22, 2009 and entitled Respecting the Just Rights of Workers: Guidance and Options for Catholic Health Care and Unions, the document reflects a unique and ground-breaking consensus between leaders of Catholic health care and the labor movement. Click HERE for more....