Spring 2021

Immigration Disobedience

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:30 PM.  Jennifer Lee, Temple Law School,
will present her paper Immigration Disobedience.
The presentation is co-sponsored by the Rutgers Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice.
Please register in advance for this meeting:  

What's Next in Immigration Policy? March 3, 2021 1:05 PM-2:20 PM

What's Next in Immigration Policy? March 3, 2021 1:05 PM-2:20 PM

Join our experts for a discussion on the current state of U.S. immigration policy,

Biden's proposals, and next steps for truly comprehensive reform.


Fall 2020

CILPJ Distinguished Immigration and Citizenship Lecture

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Post Screening discussion: The Fight

Join us for a post screening discussion of the award-winning documentary, The Fight.

The Fight brochure  

View there event  here:The Fight

Summer 2019

Free Citizenship Classes starting Monday June 24th 2019
Rutgers Law School

Free Citizenship Classes

Spring 2019

Immigration Law and Policy Forum
Baker Room, 1st Floor, Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102

Immigration Policy Forum – Panel I: New Jersey and Inclusion Initiatives, Then and Now (4/26/19)

Immigration Policy Forum – Keynote by The Hon. Gurbir Grewal, NJ Attorney General (4/26/19)

Immigration Policy Forum – Panel II: The Future of Immigrant Youths in New Jersey (4/26/19)

Immigration Policy Forum – Panel III: Towards More Inclusive State and Local Policies (4/26/19)

The Immigration Policy Forum offers an opportunity for Rutgers University faculty, students, and researchers to share their legal and policy research with elected officials and their staff and other stakeholders regarding issues facing New Jersey immigrants, their families and communities. This year’s theme is “New Jersey and Immigrant Inclusion.”  We are seeking presentations that explain legal, political, critical, historical, empirical, comparative, cultural analysis, qualitative and/or quantitative research that examine New Jersey laws and policies that have been passed, adopted or proposed at the state, county and municipal levels, which are designed to make the state more inclusive of immigrants and their families.

Immigrant Rights and Immigrant Ally Training With Community Activist Ravi Ragbir
Baker Trial Courtroom, 1st Floor, Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102

Immigrants, especially those who are unauthorized and/or subject to removal, need the help of citizens and other documented individuals. Community activist and immigrant rights advocate Ravi Ragbir will provide best advocacy practices for vulnerable immigrants, including those who must report to immigration check-ins and those who are required to go to immigration court. Here's the link to RSVP:!view/event/event_id/255  

Citizenship Classes at Rutgers Law School beginning March 12th!

Are you a lawful permanent resident who is interested in applying for citizenship? Do you need help preparing for the naturalization test? If so, please join us at Rutgers Law School, every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 pM, beginning on March 12th and ending on April 18th.  These classes are open to the public! To register, email us at For more questions, contact Habibah Johnson, Program Coordinator at (973) 353-3276.

Immigration Law Mixer

Immigration lawyers, and students interested in immigration law joined The Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice for an informal networking event on March 6.  Judge Dorothy Harbeck (Eastern Region Vice President of The National Association of Immigration Judge) and Adjunct Professor gave brief keynote speeches.          

Lecture by Professor Martha Jones, "Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum American"
Room 80, Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington St. Newark, New Jersey 07102

In celebration of Black History Month, The Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice and Association of Black Students are pleased to invite you to a lecture by Professor Martha Jones on “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America.”



Fall 2018

Immigrants' Rights Training with Ravi Ragbir
123 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102 in the Baker Courtroom

Help create a new sanctuary coalition in Newark! Join an advocacy training with Ravi Ragbir on November 28th!

This event is co-sponsored by the following Rutgers University-Newark groups and departments: English Department * The Honors College Student Council * Human Rights Working Group * Latina/o Working Group * Immigrants’ Rights Collective * RU Dreamers * Rutgers Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono Office * Undocumented Students Services, Office of the Dean of Students *



The Inaugural Distinguished Immigration and Citizenship Lecture
123 Washington St., Room 80, Newark, NJ

The Rutgers Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice hosted its inaugural Distinguished Immigration and Citizenship Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. The event started at 6 p.m. in the Center for Law and Justice at 123 Washington St. in Newark.

Vargas talked about his book, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.

The event kicked off with a book signing, followed by welcoming remarks and a Question and Answer session  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Books were also available for purchase.






Colloquium on Sanctuary

Religious Liberties as Basis for Sanctuary for Undocumented Immigrants

The Center for Law and Justice, Baker Court Room (Room 125), 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

This colloquium examines the use of religious liberty rights to protect undocumented immigrants.  Speakers include Professor Katherine Franke from Columbia Law School, Amy Gottlieb, Associate Regional Director of American Friends Service Committee, Jason Cortes, Associate Professor and Program Director, American Studies, Rutgers University, and Jorge Contesse, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School.

Providing "Sanctuary" for Families

The Center for Law and Justice, Room 090, 123 Washington St., Newark, NJ

In this Colloquium, speakers analyze how federal immigration laws and enforcement mechanisms separate immigrant families and examine ways that lawyers and advocates have sought to bring families together.

Speakers include Marco Castillo, an anthropologist and immigrant rights advocate and Professor Janice Gallagher (Asst. Professor, Political Science) discuss their project that bring families together through cultural programs. Discussants Prof. Randi Mandelbaum (Rutgers Law) and Erin Sweeny (former consular officer and current first year law student at Rutgers) offered legal and administrative context.


The Deception of Newark as a "Sanctuary City"

The Center for Law and Justice, Baker Court Room (Room 125), 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

This discussion kicks off the CILPJ’s “Colloquium on Sanctuary,” which examines the legal, political, historical, cultural and economic meaning of the term “sanctuary.”

In this colloquium, Professor Whit Strub and Professor Mary Rizzo, both of the History Department, discusses how the presence of a detention center in Newark complicates the city’s self-declaration as a “sanctuary city.”





Film Screening and Panel Discussion: The Chinese Exclusion Act

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

The Center for Law and Justice, 123 Washington Street, Room 80, Newark, NJ.

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor and Professor Sahar Aziz discussed the historical and contemporary relevance of the “Chinese Exclusion Act” after the screening of the film.

The Chinese Exclusion Act is a documentary film by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu that examines the 1882 law that prevented Chinese workers from coming to America and precluded Chinese nationals in the U.S. from attaining citizenship.