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LawText project awarded New Haven Civic Innovation Prize

May 2 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Bridget Algee-Hewitt (Senior Research Scientist and CESTA project director) and Alice (Yiqian) Wang (CCSRE Grad Fellow 2017-2020) whose LawText project was among the several ventures awarded the New Haven Civic Innovation Prize at Startup Yale, an event hosted by the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale.

LawText leverages the power of AI-technologies to analyze decades of judicial data and legal documents to develop tailored methods to support immigration attorneys and asylum seekers. Wang and Algee-Hewitt will use this prize to fund their study on bias language and natural language processing (NLP) to address implicit bias and inefficiency in immigration courts, as well as help NGOs better respond to the communities they serve.

LawText will be an open-sourced, community-driven project. After a prototype is produced, the program will be released to the public so that NGOs and other researchers can add additional data types and consider other social justice applications.

Algee-Hewitt also directs Computational Border Studies at CESTA, a cross-disciplinary research group that engages Undergraduate Research Interns in projects in computational anthropology from bio-cultural lens. Current student projects focus on topics related to the US-Mexico border, LatinX identity, and justice and immigration.