Today in BU Today’s “Reaching Out” series, we learn more about a School of Law program, the Asylum & Human Rights Clinic (AHR), which assigns second and third year law students to help people seeking asylum and fighting deportation. Launched in 1985 by School of Law (LAW) Professor Susan Akram, the program has helped hundreds of people obtain asylum. The students in the four-course cluster program also handle Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases, temporary restraining orders in Probate and Family Court, and other immigration and humanitarian cases.
The series also looks at the interpreter certificate program at Metropolitan College’s Center for Professional Education, which has been teaching interpreters for more than 15 years and preparing them for careers in the court system, hospitals and other community services. The 12-to-18 month program prepares interpreters in three languages—Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
“Reaching Out” concludes tomorrow with with coverage of the School of Education’s Intergenerational Literacy Project, which teaches English language literacy skills to entire families.