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August 14, 2018
Pro bono counsel Emily Goldberg and litigation counsel Steve Herzog were featured in an article focusing on NYU alumni at the firm who are on the front lines of the battles over U.S. immigration policy. The article in NYU Law News, “NYU Law alumni tackle immigrant family separation crisis,” describes how the firm’s work on behalf of separated families evolved into a leadership role spearheading a multi-firm reunification effort. “It’s not just an immigration issue,” Emily says in the article. “It’s really emblematic of the threat to the rule of law that we’re seeing right now and the importance of lawyers’ getting involved to protect it.”
Steve, who litigated the M.G.U. et al. v. Nielsen et al. case which resulted in the reunion of three parents with their children, and who was involved in earlier challenges to the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban, says that the current wave of individual cases boils down to fundamental questions of civil rights, and poses stark dilemmas for the families involved. “Do they want their children sent back to Honduras or Guatemala or wherever they are now, to a situation that may be dangerous?” Steve tells NYU Law News. “Or would they prefer to be separated from their child, as horrible as that is, because they think the alternative is worse? And is there a relative in the U.S. who can help out? These are really gut-wrenching life choices that people have to make because of the situations they’re in.”