At 47, Marty Rosenbluth decided to go back to school. After 20 years working on international social justice issues, he thought that a law degree could help him get higher-level jobs with organizations he admired, like Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
But while he was working on his degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, he began to hear stories of human rights concerns that hit much closer to home. The Obama Administration had ramped up deportation efforts, and increasing numbers of immigrants across the country were being arrested and deported without ever seeing their families again. Rosenbluth realized there was plenty for him to work on right in his own backyard. He now lives and works in Lumpkin, Georgia, a town that he describes as “an hour away from the middle of nowhere.” It is also the home of the Stewart Detention Center, a private prison contracted by ICE to house immigrant detainees. Rosenbluth is the only private immigration attorney in Lumpkin and says the lawyer sign in sheet is usually empty at the facility. If the detainees have lawyers at all, their representation calls in instead of physically showing up in court. Rosenbluth joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his work, life, love for cooking, and why he packed up his life and moved to the middle of nowhere. Rosenbluth is associate counsel at Polanco Law in Durham where he has been an attorney since 2016.