The LegalHealth Immigrant Access to Healthcare Project

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Sara Levine joined LegalHealth as an Equal Justice Works Fellow to pursue “The LegalHealth Immigrant Access to Healthcare Project,” a project she designed to serve humanitarian immigrants with serious health conditions. She graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in May 2013.

Sara’s project is rooted in immigration and asylum law, human rights and civil rights. She felt that NYLAG, where she interned throughout law school, provided the perfect venue for her fellowship. Sara will provide direct immigration representation to asylum seekers, immigrant victims of domestic violence, and immigrant victims of serious crime. She will then work with these clients to obtain the state Medicaid they become eligible for upon the filing of their federal immigration claims. Sara will also conduct trainings for medical providers and social workers, and work with her sponsors, Pfizer, Inc. and DLA Piper, to provide pro bono services to clients in need. The goal of the project is to utilize the hospital-based medical-legal partnership model to improve the overall well-being of low-income humanitarian-based immigrants with medical issues.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships provide the opportunity for lawyers to positively impact vulnerable communities around the country. Fellows design unique projects that provide direct legal services to underserved communities and address a range of legal issues including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, health care, and environmental justice.  Equal Justice Works then matches the fellow with sponsors to support their projects.