UCHastings Instagram

          The McAllister streetscape project concludes with a great day of tree planting! Nearly 100 volunteers gathered to plant 50 trees and two small urban gardens in over 30 locations throughout the #Tenderloin earlier this month.
          Instagram Photo Likes wxhx, ayosh27, its_yayasworld and 19 others like this.
          Monday, April 29, 2013

          Student Organizations: In Defense of Immigrants' Rights

          Sample alt tag.
          The students in the HSIR.

          In June 2012, President Barack Obama announced that his administration would offer "deferred action" to qualified immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. The initiative galvanized Altin Dastmalchi '13. Long interested in immigration law, Dastmalchi created a new student organization called UC Hastings Students for Immigrants' Rights (HSIR).

          "I envisioned creating an avenue for UC Hastings students to pursue their interest in immigration law," says Dastmalchi, "and to establish a process by which we could give back to the community."

          One of HSIR's first projects is to help immigrants complete the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications. In this program, eligible immigrants--those who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday, have continuously resided her for the past five years, and who meet several other criteria--may no longer be deemed deportable and may receive authorization to work legally in the United States.

          HSIR plans to hold a series of workshops for members of the community. Once it is determined that the applicant meets the criteria, student volunteers will assist with the paperwork and submit the application to attorneys who have offered to help on a pro bono basis. HSIR also plans to provide other community services, such as helping immigrants who have been victims of domestic violence apply for visas. "Our hope is for students to gain hands-on experience as advocates," adds Dastmalchi, who was born in Iran and became a U.S. citizen in September 2012 at the age of 27. 

          HSIR also hosts a variety of functions and networking opportunities. At the group's inaugural event, a panel on careers in immigration law, the speakers were the Hon. Dana Marks '77, an immigration judge; Kevin Crabtree '05, of the Law Office of Robert L. Lewis; and Angie Junck '04, a staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

          "We want to connect students with alumni in the field," Dastmalchi adds. "These kinds of mentor-mentee opportunities will help students transform their interest in immigration law into a legal career."

          Read more UC Hasthings Magazine.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Wednesday, July 01, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: July 1, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, June 20, 2015 - July 1, 2015.
          Tuesday, June 30, 2015

          Angela Bruno '07 Wins Landmark Case Against TGI Friday’s

          She and her husband formed a personal injury firm for trial cases that is proving successful.
          Tuesday, June 30, 2015

          Alumni Win Big in NBA’s 40 under 40 Awards

          Andrew Houston ’07, Bari Williams ’08, and Kasheica McKinney ’08 selected for the award.
          Wednesday, June 24, 2015

          State Budget Keeps Fees Flat, Funds Long-Range Campus Plan

          Enacted budget provides sufficient funding to allow UC Hastings to maintain student fees unchanged for the 4th consecutive year; Appropriates $36.8 million to construct a new academic building at 333 Golden Gate Ave; Authorizes use of private donations to supplement the state’s appropriation for building enhancements so as to fully leverage the opportunity to create a “top of class” facility commensurate with the college’s stature and prominence.
          Wednesday, June 24, 2015

          Academic Chairs Awarded to Four Faculty Members

          UC Hastings is pleased to announce Professors Field, Keitner, Reiss, and Short have all been appointed to new or existing faculty Chairs.
          Go to News Archive