Caitlin Miner-Le Grand Appointed Next Fragomen Fellow at City Bar Justice Center to Enhance Pro Bono Immigration Representation
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the world’s leading provider of immigration legal services, has announced the appointment of Caitlin Miner-Le Grand as the firm’s latest “Fragomen Fellow” effective September 25, 2017. The Fragomen Fellowship, established more than a decade ago, is a two-year rotating position the firm’s New York office established to enhance the pro bono immigration services provided by the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.
Ms. Miner-Le Grand will focus on advocacy to enhance the access to and quality of counsel for immigrants in New York. To this end, she will be responsible for training and mentoring pro bono lawyers. In addition, she will continue the critical community education and outreach activities that previous Fragomen Fellows spearheaded.
Ms. Miner-Le Grand replaces former Fragomen Fellow Danny Alicea, who has joined the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in the newly-created position of Special Counsel for Immigration. In this position, Mr. Alicea is responsible for creating procedures and trainings in furtherance of a new internal policy directing all ADAs to factor in a person’s immigration status and any potential immigration-related collateral consequences when considering potential plea offers.
Lisa Koenig, a member of the Board of the City Bar Fund and a Partner at Fragomen who supervises the Fragomen Fellow, said “Caitlin’s selection as our firm’s new Fellow at the City Bar Justice Center, along with the firm’s many other partnerships with nonprofit immigrant advocacy organizations around the United States and around the world, helps to solidify the firm’s commitment to providing pro bono legal services to low-income immigrants.”
Ms. Miner-Le Grand comes to this position after having been embedded at the City Bar Justice Center for three years as an Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Fellow. In this position, she provided direct representation to low-income immigrants applying for various forms of immigration relief, including asylum, U nonimmigrant status for victims of crime, T nonimmigrant status for survivors of labor and sex trafficking, self-petitions under the Violence Against Women’s Act for abused spouses and children, and Special Immigrant Juvenile status for eligible immigrant youth. She also represented clients in immigration court, performed Know Your Rights presentations for community groups, and assisted in pro bono clinics. A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. Miner-Le Grand is fluent in Spanish.
“Caitlin’s experience as an Immigrant Justice Fellow at the City Bar Justice Center puts her in an excellent position to take on the additional responsibilities of the Fragomen Fellow,” said Lynn Kelly, Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center. “Caitlin is extremely enthusiastic about ensuring that low-income immigrants have access to legal representation, and she is thus an ideal match for this very important service provided by the City Bar Justice Center.”
Austin Fragomen, Chairman of Fragomen’s Executive Committee and former Chairman of the Board of the City Bar Fund, said, “We are pleased to continue to sponsor a full-time Fellow at the City Bar Justice Center to support pro bono immigration work. Our partnership with the City Bar is very important to the firm. We feel that it makes a real difference to those in need.”
Fragomen (comprised of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and Fragomen Global LLP) is the world’s largest firm practicing exclusively in the area of global immigration law for the corporate sector. Fragomen provides immigration services worldwide to multinational corporations, emerging companies, universities and many other organizations that employ foreign nationals on a temporary or permanent basis. Founded in 1951, Fragomen has more than 500 attorneys, solicitors or similar professionals and more than 2,500 additional immigration professionals located in nearly 50 offices in more than 20 countries. In total, Fragomen provides immigration support in more than 170 countries. For more than 60 years, Fragomen has represented a broad range of companies, organizations and emerging businesses, working in partnership with clients to facilitate the hiring and transfer of employees worldwide. For detailed information about Fragomen’s practice, please visit www.fragomen.com.
About the City Bar Justice Center
The City Bar Justice Center is the largest department of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., the 501(c) (3) affiliate of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The Justice Center increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. The Justice Center operates the city’s busiest legal hotline and annually provides direct legal representation, information and advocacy to over 20,000 poor and vulnerable New Yorkers in areas including immigration, foreclosure, bankruptcy, elder law, homelessness, veterans’ assistance and cancer advocacy.