CENTER FOR

IMMIGRATION LAW, POLICY AND JUSTICE

The Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice (CILPJ) at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey explores contemporary and historical immigration and citizenship laws to better understand the complex ways that law and society determine who belongs in the United States. The CILPJ employs interdisciplinary scholarship, legal, policy and advocacy initiatives, and public engagement to examine the adoption of equitable and just immigration and citizenship laws.

Interdisciplinary scholarship

The CILPJ fosters the work of faculty, scholars and students within the law school and the broader Rutgers University Newark community who seek to understand immigration and citizenship law from an interdisciplinary perspective. By examining immigration laws, policies, regulations and practices from different views, including law, history, arts, culture, media, economics, political science, sociology and other fields, the CILPJ aims to provide a broader understanding of the body of laws that determine who may enter, reside and become full members of the United States polity and the rights to which they are entitled while they are within this country.

The CILPJ hosts workshop and lecture series to provide faculty, researchers and students the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback. It also offers mini-grants to support research projects among and between faculty and students, with a particular preference for those engaged in interdisciplinary work.

Legal and Policy Initiatives

The CILPJ supports legal, policy and advocacy initiatives that protect the due process and equal protection rights of immigrants and their families.  By providing fellowships, CILPJ supports students who work for the CILPJ as Center Fellows and students who work for public interest organizations that represent immigrants.  Through legal and policy research, the CILPJ highlights current issues facing non-citizens and recommends legal policy changes.  By taking on specific initiatives through the year, the CILPJ advocates for greater inclusion and membership of immigrants and their families.

Public engagement

Public engagement on immigration and citizenship laws is necessary to strengthen and deepen our understanding of the development and adoption of laws that determine who may enter, reside and become full members of the United States polity and the rights to which they are entitled while they are within this country. By hosting colloquia series, conferences, forums and other events that are open to the public, the CILPJ hopes to advance more equitable and inclusive laws and policies for all, citizens and non-citizens alike.

Contact Us

Tel 973-353-3276

E-mail cilpj@law.rutgers.edu

Contact info:

Center for Immigration Law, Policy & Justice
Rutgers Law School
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
cilpj@law.rutgers.edu

For additional information, please contact:

Habibah Johnson
Program Coordinator
(973) 353-3276
hj291@law.rutgers.edu.

CILPJ Staff