Safe Passage Project and Lenni Benson Featured in SFGate Article: “NY judge sheds black robes for kids facing court”

Safe Passage, October 1, 2014


“A federal immigration judge says his priority when dealing with traumatized children facing deportation is to create a kinder, gentler courtroom […]

A coalition of not-for-profit groups preparing attorneys for the task include the New York Law School-based Safe Passage Project, which has trained nearly 800 lawyers in the past few months to work with the often anxious, vulnerable young refugees appearing alone before judges in a daily docket processing the cases.

‘The question we face now is how will we treat these children relocating to New York state?’ asks project founder and law professor Lenni Benson, who urges legislators to provide additional social workers and educators to integrate the youths into American society.”

Article by Verena Dobnik.

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