Cause Lawyering in the Shadow of the State

Susan Bibler Coutin

in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195141177
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871391 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

 Cause Lawyering in the Shadow of the State

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The protracted civil war in El Salvador during the 1980s led to a substantial increase in illegal migration into the U.S.A., and to a consequent economic dependency, despite U.S. anti‐immigration policy, on the remittances sent back to El Salvador by migrant workers. The situation that developed produced a fertile arena for cause lawyers engaged in supporting the rights of immigrants – not always working to adequate professional standards. Cause lawyers's advocacy work was not limited to helping immigrants discover loopholes in U.S. immigration law, but served to change the law itself through the mobilization of transnational constituencies.

Keywords: cause lawyers; El Salvador; immigration; U.S.A

Chapter.  11774 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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