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Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP)

The Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project advocates on behalf of immigrants in the Philadelphia community and across the country. We partner with local organizations such as Nationalities Services Center, Justice at Work, HIAS, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Juntos, and more. We do a variety of work with immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in the Philadelphia area, such as legal screenings, preparing applications for immigration benefits, Know Your Rights trainings, and research. We also do general advocacy work, like phone banking, marching, and fundraising for our community partners.

We have both long and short-term projects available, depending on what you are looking for. For example, you could work on a clinic that lasts a few hours, or take on a long-term client project. PLIRP provides opportunities to engage directly with a diverse community in need through direct client services and clinics, contribute much-needed language skills, and learn about the US immigration system. Given our current political climate, we believe this work is more important than ever.

We also have tons of fun. We love being able to make an impact on one of the most critical legal issues of our time. The PLIRP community has JD and LLM students from around the world, and we all share a passion for social justice! PLIRP is a family and safe-haven for those who believe our country is better when we welcome immigrants to enrich our communities.


Student Leaders

Ellyn Jameson Co-President
Mariel Mussack Co-President
Brian Golger Client Service Director
Bobby Chen Client Service Director
Meroua Zouai Research Director
Emily Kyle Research Director