Rutgers Offers Students Legal Assistance on Immigration Issues

Jason Hernandez

By Jeanne Leong

Rutgers Law School has launched a new service, the Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP), which offers Rutgers University students at the Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses access to legal information and guidance on immigration issues.

Led by attorney Jason Hernandez, RICAP is a resource to provide free and confidential legal consultations to the Rutgers student community, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

“Our goal is to support students by providing immigration legal consultations and direct representation,” says Hernandez.  “In some cases, there may be relief available that is beyond the scope of what we are able to provide and we will work to connect the student with another attorney who can provide that service.”

RICAP also offers “Know Your Rights” presentations to student organizations in the university community.

A 2011 graduate of Temple Law School, Hernandez comes to Rutgers from HIAS Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he worked with asylees, refugees, victims of trafficking and other individuals seeking refuge in the United States.

Based at Rutgers Law School’s Camden location, Hernandez plans to spend time each week on all three campuses.  He is available to provide legal services to all Rutgers students and to engage in community outreach on immigration issues.

Hernandez works closely with Rutgers Law School professors, including Joanne Gottesman, the director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Camden location; Randi Mandelbaum, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law and Annamay Sheppard Scholar and founding director of the Child Advocacy Clinic at the Newark location; and Anjum Gupta, director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the Newark location.

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