Jennifer Grishkin is a Research Associate at MPI, where her work focuses on the impacts of U.S. immigration policy and enforcement trends on children and families. She is an attorney and for several years has volunteered to provide direct representation to immigrants with humanitarian claims. Before working in the field of immigration law and policy, she was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Litigation, and a litigation associate at the DC law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering. She began her career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Ms. Grishkin received a BA in sociology from Wake Forest University and a JD from Yale Law School.
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With the children of immigrants a growing share of all U.S. children, and federal immigration enforcement and other policies undergoing significant change, some state and local child welfare agencies are developing new ways to improve how they work with immigrant families. This report examines key cultural, linguistic, and legal challenges, and how agencies are adjusting staffing, training, placement, and other policies to tackle them.