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Steven Vivas

Immigrant Justice Corps - Community Fellow

Steven Vivas


Born and raised in Queens, NY, Steven is passionate about the rights and advocating for underrepresented communities. He is a first-generation Mexican American college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, and an Honors minor in Latin American/Latino Studies. While at John Jay, Steven was a Pinkerton Community Fellow placed at the Center for Employment Opportunities, where he authored and facilitated workshops for young adults leaving the Criminal Justice System. Prior to joining IJC, Steven worked as a Paralegal at the Safe Passage Project. During this time, Steven was able to see first-hand the hardships that unaccompanied immigrant youth face in the immigration system in the United States. At Safe Passage, he gained insight into legal proceedings such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and Asylum proceedings. His work ranged from translating civil documents, researching country conditions, interpreting asylum interviews, and ensuring proper service was completed for SIJS proceedings. Steven works with the Long Island Project and assists Central American families seeking relief.