Professor Caitlin Barry, Director of Villanova Law’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, was among the lawyers representing refugees and immigrants detained at Philadelphia International Airport on Jan. 28 following an executive order from President Donald Trump.
The executive order, signed on Jan. 27, suspends admission to the U.S. by all refugees for 120 days, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and barring entry for 90 days to any citizens from the predominately Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
According to media reports, three of the individuals detained in Philadelphia will be released and allowed to continue their journeys to other U.S. destinations following a judge’s order on Pres. Trump’s travel ban.
Prof. Barry is a longtime immigration law advocate. As Director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, she teaches the clinic seminar and supervises student advocates in immigration and employment matters and collaborates with local community-based organizations on advocacy and outreach projects. Prof. Barry regularly presents on the subject at legal symposia and advocacy workshops.
Prior to joining the Villanova Law faculty, Prof. Barry served as a staff attorney at Nationalities Service Center, a Philadelphia-based immigration and refugee service organization that empowers individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future in the U.S.