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Oscar Sarabia, '17

"The arc of the moral universe…"

Soon after starting my Public Interest Law Fellowship at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP), I realized that impact litigation work is a slow process. The process focuses on big-picture outcomes and involves loads of abstract legal theory that apply to cases that may take years or decades to resolve. However, the attorneys never lost sight of how their work and, by extension, my work as an intern, contributed to the ultimate goal of achieving justice.

I was inspired and uplifted by all of the progress made by the ACLU IRP and by the ongoing battles these passionate attorneys are still pursuing. While it is easy to get lost in the legal proceedings, they never lost sight of the individuals they were helping and of the grand scale of their project. They never lost touch with their humanity or with the larger purpose and made sure I never did either.

Their commitment reflects the famous quote by Martin Luther King Jr. who once said that, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Watching these professionals strive to increase civil liberties and immigrant rights has convinced me that this statement is absolutely true. 

Oscar Sarabia Roman, ’17, studied public policy and was a 2016-17 fellowships peer advisor.
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