This blog post is a response to a design-thinking and race-based advocacy challenge for the Access to Justice Tech Fellowship.

“In all too many cases, I had the sense that if only the immigrant had competent counsel at the very outset of immigration proceedings… the outcome might have been different, the noncitizen might have prevailed.”

When I received an offer to intern for an organization that advocates for the protection of civil liberties, I felt a little like a middle schooler whose mom scored tickets to see the Jonas Brothers circa 2007. My mom never got me tickets to see the Jonas Brothers, something I don’t hold against her, but