June 2, 2014 -- Recent UCLA Law graduate Nhu–Y Ngo ’14, a graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies Specialization, was selected to receive an Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Fellowship. She was one of only 25 students chosen for the selective two-year program—the country’s first fellowship program dedicated solely to providing quality legal assistance to immigrants. As an IJC fellow, Ngo will represent immigrants with the most complex cases, such as deportation defense and affirmative petitions for victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking, among others.
Ngo’s desire to be an immigration attorney and advocate is informed by a mix of personal and professional experiences. An immigrant herself, she is the daughter of limited English proficient, working-class parents. While at UCLA Law, she has been an advocate on behalf of asylum seekers and low-income tenants at Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, respectively, and she also served as a law clerk with the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Before enrolling at UCLA Law, Ngo worked as a policy associate at one of the nation’s leading think tanks for social justice, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. She has structured her career around a common goal of empowerment of immigrant communities and is excited to continue on this path as an IJC fellow.