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December 14, 2011
Wednesday Inspiration: Aryah Somers

As we missed monday’s inspiration this week due to blue sticky fingers from many hours of paper mache-ing our globe together for international migrant’s day, this week we bring you a Wednesday Inspiration instead and feature the amazing immigration advocate and attorney, Aryah Somers!

We all met Aryah during her time as a KIND fellow at The Door where she worked with young people in removal proceedings facing deportation from the U.S. Aryah brought all of IYPEP to tears when she shared her own story from her roots in Mexico to how she became one of the country’s leading advocates for immigrant children everywhere. Clients call Aryah not only an inspiration, a source of hope, and a leader, but also a friend. One of her incredible clients’  journey working with Aryah and navigating the system towards obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status can be seen below:

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Aryah is a fierce advocate not only in the courtroom, but also on the blogs and in the academic circuit, pushing all of us to have a more comprehensive understanding of the rights all children, no matter of their immigration status, deserve. Most recently, Aryah wrote this piece for Cornell’s law journal, explaining how the refusal to pass the Dream Act violates the most basic of human rights.

Today Aryah leaves us for Guatemala where she has received a Fulbright fellowship to study how children are affected by immigration laws. Atlas wishes Aryah the best of luck and we cannot wait to hear all she has to share upon her return!

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