New York Law School Hosts Expert Immigration Panel Thursday

By David Brand

New York Law School (NYLS), a local leader in immigration law and advocacy, will host an expert panel on the rights of experiences of child migrants on Thursday at their Manhattan campus. The panel will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The panel will feature NYLS Professor Lenni Benson, the founder of Safe Passage Project, which provides free legal assistance to unrepresented children in immigration court. Safe Passage Project serves a legal clinic, which employs NYLS students who screen and work with children in the Manhattan immigration courthouse.

Benson recently published a book titled “Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice,” which describes the treatment of migrant children in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, and parts of Africa and Asia, according to NYLS.

NYLS Professor Claire R. Thomas, the director of the school’s asylum clinic and an Eagle op-ed contributor, will also appear on the panel.

Benson’s co-editor Mary Crock, a law professor at the University of Sydney Law School, will also appear on the panel. Former Washington Post and New York Times correspondent Julia Preston will moderate. Preston currently serves as a contributing writer for the Marshall Project.