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Caitlin Barry, JD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Caitlin Barry, JD Caitlin Barry, JD

Assistant Professor of Law; Director, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic; Co-Director, Community Interpreter Internship Program | Charles Widger School of Law | Villanova University


Caitlin Barry, JD, is an expert in immigration law and enforcement, farmworker rights and advocacy for working conditions in the food chain.






Caitlin Barry discusses “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States Sanctuary Cities and the Criminalization of Immigrant Communities Assisting those affected by the travel ban (January 2017)


Areas of Expertise (6)

Food Justice Farmworkers Immigration Ice Immigration Enforcement Immigration Law


Professor Barry leads the Farmerworker Legal Aid Clinic at the Charles Widger School of Law, which represents people who are living and working in agricultural and agriculture-related settings throughout Pennsylvania. She's a go-to expert on immigration policy and enforcement. Professor Barry also works in the area of food justice, which advocates for fair working conditions within the food chain and where our food is sourced from, including farms and restaurants.

Professor Barry was previously a staff attorney at the Nationalities Service Center, specializing in deportation defense for individuals targeted by the criminal system, and from 2007 to 2012 she was also the Immigration Specialist at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Education (2)

Temple University School of Law: J.D.

New College of Florida: B.A.

Affiliations (7)

  • Clinical Legal Education Association, Board member, Co-Chair of Committee on Diversity and Equity (2016-present)
  • Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educacion (CCATE), Board member (2016-present)
  • Society of American Law Teachers (2015-present)
  • Philadelphia Family Unity Network, founding member (2013-present)
  • Legal Advisory Board, Mazzoni Center for LGBT Health and Wellbeing (2010-present)
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (2007-present)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (2007-present)

Select Media Appearances (5)

For 'Abolish ICE' protesters and the targets of their ire, what's next?

The Philadelphia Inquirer  


“It may not be common or an easy task, but the abolition of a federal agency is still possible, and in the case of ICE, it is the right way forward,” said Caitlin Barry, an assistant professor at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. “In terms of the mechanics, it’s not rocket science — defund the agency, introduce legislation to abolish it, and reinvest the budget in other agencies with new missions. The fact that it would be hard to do does not mean it’s not possible.”

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ICE doxxed Philly residents who called new “snitching hotline”

Philadelphia Weekly  


The number of complaints on the VOICE hotline are also a fraction of those immigrant rights groups receive about ICE officers on a regular basis, says Caitlin Barry, an immigration professor at Villanova University. “This morning, I received a call from a client living in central PA who saw a community member taken from the local grocery store by ICE at gunpoint, and who is now terrified for his family,” she said. “People are afraid to leave their houses, to drive in their cars, to seek medical attention or visit their children’s schools. This administration is cultivating a police state that will encourage more violence and will actively prevent our neighbors from accessing the resources they need to be healthy and engaged community members.”

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A year after ICE arrests at Chesco mushroom farm, how many were actually deported?



“We know they came before 7 a.m., we know they were armed,” said David Secor, a third-year law student at Villanova who has been working with one of the men arrested through the university’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic. “Many people, within a day or two of the arrest, accepted deportation because, what was the hope?” said Caitlin Barry, director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic at Villanova University. Barry interviewed the mushroom workers after they’d been picked up and taken to immigrant detention at York County Prison. She said around six people left the country, because they had a prior order of removal or they chose to accept deportation. Some caved, she said, because “they were so incredibly humiliated that they were now in orange jumpsuits.”

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After ICE raid at Chesco mushroom farm, anxiety high among immigrant workers

The Philadelphia Inquirer  


Caitlin Barry, director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic at Villanova University Law School, has twice visited the men in prison and is trying to get them legal representation. She said at least eight appear to have no criminal record, and no prior contact with ICE. The others are facing orders of expedited removal. Barry, Read, and other lawyers have questioned the constitutionality of the raid because it is not clear under what circumstances the ICE agents were permitted to search on private property.

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Trump’s immigration crackdown

WHYY Radio Times  


The Trump administration laid out its plans for stricter immigration enforcement this week, which includes empowering state and local law enforcement to more aggressively pursue, detain and deport undocumented immigrants. Critics worry the directives are too broad, will pull families apart, and could lead to abuse by local authorities. We wanted to hear about how immigrant communities in Philadelphia, a sanctuary city, are feeling about the Trump administration’s crackdown, particularly coming just weeks after Trump’s immigration ban was stopped by a federal appeals court.

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