American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

American Bar Association Commission on Immigration The Commission seeks to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees
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Guided by resolutions adopted by the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the Commission on Immigration works to coordinate and strengthen the ABA’s response to legal developments and to address the needs of immigrants and newcomers. Among our greatest concerns are the erosion of due process safeguards, the growing reliance on detention, and the lack of access to legal information and coun

sel for individuals in immigration proceedings, particularly unaccompanied immigrant children. The ABA Board of Governors has designated immigration to be a legislative priority of the ABA in each Congress since 1992. The ABA Board of Governors established a 13-member Commission on Immigration in August 2002, and a 10-member Advisory Committee to the Commission in 2005. The Commission works to achieve its goals through five major projects:

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR):
Founded in 1989, ProBAR is a joint project of the ABA, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). ProBAR provides pro bono legal services and legal orientations for indigent, detained immigrants and asylum seekers in south Texas. Additionally, ProBAR assists detained unaccompanied immigrant children through representation and by training and coordinating the work of pro bono attorneys, and providing information to educate the children about their rights and the legal process. www.americanbar.org/probar

Immigration Justice Project of San Diego (IJP):
Initiated in 2008, the IJP aims to promote due process and access to justice at all levels of the immigration and appellate court system, through the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services for both detained and non-detained immigrants and asylum seekers in removal proceedings. In order to accomplish this, the IJP recruits, trains, and mentors volunteer attorneys and law students and provides Legal Orientation Programs for adult immigration detainees at the local immigration court and detention center. www.americanbar.org/ijp

Detention Standards Implementation Initiative (DSII):
DSII coordinates delegations of pro bono attorneys to visit detention centers to observe and report on conditions and to assess whether detainees have meaningful legal access. This initiative seeks to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Performance Based National Detention Standards at facilities housing immigrants and asylum seekers. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/immigration/projects_initiatives/detention_standards_implementation_initiative.html

The Fight Notario Fraud Project:
The Fight Notario Fraud Project seeks to put an end to immigration consulting fraud by: 1) providing attorneys, and other individuals, with information on how to take action against notarios, 2) creating a library of consumer education, articles and legal documents relevant to reporting, or pursuing a case against, an immigration consultant, and 3) facilitating the referral of victims of immigration consulting fraud to pro bono attorneys who will to represent them in civil litigation. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/immigration/projects_initiatives/fightnotariofraud.html

Detainee Correspondence Project:
The ABA is the only organization in the country that accepts calls and letters from all 250 detention facilities across the nation with a goal of ensuring that immigrants and asylum seekers detained by the ICE have access to basic information about their rights. The Commission on Immigration communicates with immigration detainees in ICE custody in detention centers, determining what information may assist them, and sending the appropriate materials. The ABA identifies specific complaints regarding the condition of immigration detention facilities and assists detainees to file complaints when facility conditions do not satisfy the detention standards. The ABA encourages you to participate and welcomes constructive engagement between members, provided your conduct is consistent with the ABA Code of Conduct: https://www.americanbar.org/about_the_aba/codeofconduct/

The posts (and any corresponding materials) and views on this page have not been approved by the ABA, the ABA Commission on Immigration, or their staff or governing bodies.

The ABA Commission on Immigration and the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice invite you to a webinar on Wedn...
12/06/2023

The ABA Commission on Immigration and the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice invite you to a webinar on Wednesday, December 6 at 2pm ET designed to offer up-to-date information on enforcement mechanisms at the southwest border including the implementation of the new, abbreviated removal process dubbed Circumvention of Lawful Pathways. Immigration enforcement at the U.S. southwest border has been an ongoing focal point for evolving policy and public discourse, but the manner in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implements its enforcement actions at the border is often opaque.

Since 2022, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration has published and updated the Primer on Immigration Enforcement Mechanisms at the U.S. Border in an effort to make the dynamic subject of border enforcement accessible to a broad audience. The most recent release of the Primer includes an in-depth discussion of the mechanics and impact of the Biden Administration’s Circumvention of Lawful Pathways regulation, imposing additional steps and penalties for migrants attempting to enter the U.S. at the southern border. Join us as our panel of experts discusses the regulation, its impact, and the litigation challenging the right to seek asylum under domestic and international law.

Speakers:
· Melissa Crow – Director of Litigation, Center for Gender of Refugee Studies (CGRS), UC College of the Law, San Francisco
· Denise Gilman – Clinical Professor and Immigration Clinic Co-Director, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
· Laura Peña – Director, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)
· Amanda Bernardo – Deputy Director, Immigration Justice Project (IJP)

Moderator:
· Deena N. Sharuk – Senior Legal Advisor, Commission on Immigration

Register HERE:

This webinar is designed to offer up-to-date information on enforcement mechanisms at the southwest border including the implementation of the new, abbreviated removal process dubbed Circumvention of…

The ABA Commission on Immigration and the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice invite you to a webinar designe...
11/22/2023

The ABA Commission on Immigration and the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice invite you to a webinar designed to offer up-to-date information on enforcement mechanisms at the southwest border including the implementation of the new, abbreviated removal process dubbed Circumvention of Lawful Pathways. Immigration enforcement at the U.S. southwest border has been an ongoing focal point for evolving policy and public discourse, but the manner in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implements its enforcement actions at the border is often opaque.

Since 2022, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration has published and updated the Primer on Immigration Enforcement Mechanisms at the U.S. Border in an effort to make the dynamic subject of border enforcement accessible to a broad audience. The most recent release of the Primer includes an in-depth discussion of the mechanics and impact of the Biden Administration’s Circumvention of Lawful Pathways regulation, imposing additional steps and penalties for migrants attempting to enter the U.S. at the southern border. Join us as our panel of experts discusses the regulation, its impact, and the litigation challenging the right to seek asylum under domestic and international law.

Speakers:
· Melissa Crow – Director of Litigation, Center for Gender of Refugee Studies (CGRS), UC College of the Law, San Francisco
· Denise Gilman – Clinical Professor and Immigration Clinic Co-Director, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
· Laura Peña – Director, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)
· Amanda Bernardo – Deputy Director, Immigration Justice Project (IJP)

Moderator:
· Deena N. Sharuk – Senior Legal Advisor, Commission on Immigration

Register HERE:

This webinar is designed to offer up-to-date information on enforcement mechanisms at the southwest border including the implementation of the new, abbreviated removal process dubbed Circumvention of…

The ABA Immigration Justice Project (IJP) celebrated 15 years of serving immigrants in the San Diego area. IJP began in ...
11/22/2023

The ABA Immigration Justice Project (IJP) celebrated 15 years of serving immigrants in the San Diego area. IJP began in 2008 as federal courts became clogged with immigration appeals. Fifteen years later, the project continues to promote due process and access to justice at every level of the immigration system.

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This month, the ABA Immigration Justice Project in San Diego is celebrating 15 years of helping migrants who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Just a few years ago, the project had five staffers. Today, it has 26 – and the

This week, the American Immigration Council released the 2023 Map the Impact Report, an interactive data-map showcasing ...
11/20/2023

This week, the American Immigration Council released the 2023 Map the Impact Report, an interactive data-map showcasing the contributions of immigrants in the country, all 50 states, and industry sectors across the economy.

With information on immigrant tax contributions, spending power, entrepreneurship, workforce, home ownership, demographics, voting power, and more, Map the Impact shows that immigrants are helping to grow the economy everywhere.

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Use this interactive map to get comprehensive state-by-state immigration data including populations, taxes paid, spending power, and entrepreneurship stats. Click your state or county to get started.

Thousands of people have to represent themselves in deportation proceedings in a language they do not speak in an unfami...
11/15/2023

Thousands of people have to represent themselves in deportation proceedings in a language they do not speak in an unfamiliar legal system. San Diego County started a program last April that offers immigrants free legal services.
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San Diego County's Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Program is part of a growing movement to provide people in immigration court with free legal representation.

Unaccompanied migrant children previously in Remain in Mexico (aka MPP) with their families finally have their day in co...
11/10/2023

Unaccompanied migrant children previously in Remain in Mexico (aka MPP) with their families finally have their day in court!
Earlier this week in Los Angeles, legal service providers Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef), Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), The Door, and the ABA’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)—represented by counsel at Justice Action Center, ImmDef, and Simpson Thacher and Barlett LLP—finally got their day in court almost a year after the judge ordered a bench trial in the case. These plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in 2021 against the Trump administration for violating the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act with regards to unaccompanied children who were previously subjected to Remain in Mexico (RMX, also known as MPP) with their family (but then subsequently came to the United States unaccompanied).

Read the article here:

Immigrants' rights attorneys argued children who went through the asylum process with their families in Mexico should be given the same rights as other children when they arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied afterward.

11/08/2023

The ABA commends the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) for restoring longstanding procedures that were in place prior to the issuance of the Appellate Procedures and Decisional Finality in Immigration Proceedings; Administrative Closure the (AA96 final rule) published on December 16, 2020. The ABA urges EOIR to modify the proposed rule, as discussed below, to enhance due process and improve fairness for individuals in removal proceedings.

"In September, the Biden administration extended temporary protection to some 472,000 Venezuelan migrants in the United ...
11/08/2023

"In September, the Biden administration extended temporary protection to some 472,000 Venezuelan migrants in the United States. Doing so provided welcome humanitarian relief—thousands of men, women, and children have fled violence and natural disasters and find themselves without a home—but it also ushered in the possibility of notable economic gains for U.S. communities."

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Immigrants who are granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) help fill the local labor needs and even start businesses at high rates.

COI Chair Michelle Jacobson cowrote an article with Fragomen Associate Humaa Siddiqi on the current state of H-1B and H-...
11/07/2023

COI Chair Michelle Jacobson cowrote an article with Fragomen Associate Humaa Siddiqi on the current state of H-1B and H-2B visas, the impact on foreign talent reliant on those categories, and what steps the US government should take to improve both pathways. Read the article in the American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine here:

Partner Michelle Jacobson and Associate Humaa Siddiqi author an article published by the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Magazine on H-1B and H-2B visa challenges.

11/02/2023

This year the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration held their Fall Business meeting in Houston, where the ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy hosted them. CILA is celebrating 8 years of providing services for champions of unaccompanied children in Texas and beyond! Come meet a few of the individuals that are part of this amazing team!

11/02/2023

The CILA team is very excited to share an updated version of CILA’s Pro Bono Guide!
https://cilacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2023.10-CILA-Pro-Bono-Guide-2023.pdf

CILA originally issued the Guide in 2020 and previously updated the resource in 2021. The Guide covers the key forms of legal relief present in children’s immigration cases and many practical tips for effective representation. The 2023 version includes new sections on assessing forms of relief and drafting tips, as well as an index. Read more about the update and resource in this blog post: https://cilacademy.org/2023/10/26/cila-issues-2023-pro-bono-guide/

The Immigration Court Efficiency and Children’s Court Act was introduced yesterday. This bipartisan, bicameral legislati...
11/02/2023

The Immigration Court Efficiency and Children’s Court Act was introduced yesterday. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would require the Executive Office for Immigration Review to establish a Children’s Court that would include specialized judges, child-appropriate adjudications, coordination with legal service providers, and a dedicated cohort of attorneys within the Department of Homeland Security.

ABA President Mary Smith was quoted in the press release: “Navigating the immigration court system can be challenging, but even more so for unaccompanied children. The American Bar Association supports this effort to ensure that vulnerable children have their cases adjudicated fairly, in an environment that is sensitive to their special needs, while enhancing the efficiency of immigration courts.”

You can find Senator Bennet’s press release on the legislation here:

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) alongside U.S. Representatives Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) and Maria Salazar (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to combat the immigration court backlog and strengthen due process rights for unaccompanied migrant children. U.S. Representatives...

We have released an updated version of our border primer - Immigration Enforcement Mechanisms at the U.S. Border! As the...
10/31/2023

We have released an updated version of our border primer - Immigration Enforcement Mechanisms at the U.S. Border! As the situation on the U.S. southern border continues to change, this primer aims to provide an updated summary of the enforcement mechanisms employed at the border, for practitioners and others seeking to understand them. Major contributions were made by Commission members Denise Gilman, Melissa Crow, Deena Sharuk, as well as Commission staff.

Read the updated primer here:https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/immigration/border-primer.pdf

Thank you to the Commission members, advisors, liaisons, and staff who participated in the COI Fall Business meeting in ...
10/31/2023

Thank you to the Commission members, advisors, liaisons, and staff who participated in the COI Fall Business meeting in Houston last week! It was a productive meeting and we look forward to a busy quarter at the Commission.

If you happened to miss our latest webinar on bond and parole in ice custody, you can catch the recording on our YouTube...
10/27/2023

If you happened to miss our latest webinar on bond and parole in ice custody, you can catch the recording on our YouTube channel!

For more information on how you can get involved, email [email protected]

Today is the day! Thank you for everyone who has supported the Commission for this years  . Your contributions will go d...
10/26/2023

Today is the day! Thank you for everyone who has supported the Commission for this years . Your contributions will go directly to supporting the work we have shared with you the past few days. If you still want to donate, you can do that here:
https://givingday-americanbar.blackbaud-sites.com/cpil/

10/25/2023

Tomorrow is ! We have enjoyed bringing you voices from across our team and sharing the impact your contributions will have on their work. To round out our videos, we are please to bring you our very own Director, Meredith Linsky.

https://givingday-americanbar.blackbaud-sites.com/cpil/

During   2023, the Commission on Immigration is proud to recognize our 2023 Pro Bono Champions!These individuals volunte...
10/24/2023

During 2023, the Commission on Immigration is proud to recognize our 2023 Pro Bono Champions!

These individuals volunteered their time and expertise to support clients at ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy, ABA Immigration Justice Project of San Diego, and the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration during the past year. Pro bono work is crucial to upholding due process rights for immigrants, and we are grateful to our volunteers for their dedication to helping some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

See the list of 2023 Pro Bono Champions here:

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/immigration/pro-bono-at-the-commission-on-immigration/pro-bono-success-stories/2023-pro-bono-honor-roll/

Read the ABA's letter to DHS Secretary Mayorkas expressing concern about the practice of subjecting individuals to fear ...
10/19/2023

Read the ABA's letter to DHS Secretary Mayorkas expressing concern about the practice of subjecting individuals to fear screenings while in Customs and Border Protection custody. This policy adversely impacts due process and access to counsel for individuals seeking asylum and the ABA urges DHS to halt the practice immediately.

Meet Angelo Mathay, administrative judge at the U.S. EEOC and an honoree of the On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award...
10/19/2023

Meet Angelo Mathay, administrative judge at the U.S. EEOC and an honoree of the On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award.

Mathay currently serves on the North Carolina Human Relations Commission and the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He previously served on the ABA Commission on Immigration. Last fall, he was named a Blume Public Interest Leader in Residence at Georgetown University Law Center and was selected as a Filipino Young Leaders Program delegate.

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Angelo Mathay, U.S, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Raleigh, NC, is a recipient of a 2023 On The Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award from the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

If you happened to miss our latest webinar on common obstacles when representing Afghans, you can catch the recording on...
10/16/2023

If you happened to miss our latest webinar on common obstacles when representing Afghans, you can catch the recording on our YouTube channel here!

The ABA Commission on Immigration recently hosted a webinar where we discussed potential bars to relief for Afghans (including TRIG, the Persecutor Bar, and ...

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this week the ABA Presidential Speaker Series will feature Dolores Huerta, Am...
10/11/2023

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this week the ABA Presidential Speaker Series will feature Dolores Huerta, American labor leader, civil rights activist and a co-founder of the United Farmworkers Association. Huerta will be interviewed by Reverend Miguel Bustos, the Episcopal Church’s Manager for Racial Reconciliation and Justice for the U.S. and Latin America.

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Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the United Farmworkers Association.

Commission Member Mary Giovagnoli has written an article in Ms. Magazine advocating for Congress to pass the Afghan Adju...
10/06/2023

Commission Member Mary Giovagnoli has written an article in Ms. Magazine advocating for Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act. "Thousands of Afghan women entered the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome. Still, they continue to be hampered by the lack of a simple, straightforward and reliable way to obtain permanent legal status and to become citizens. Congress can change that by passing the Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA)."

Read the article here:

For Afghan women, the Taliban means violence, drought, famine, and food insecurity. Congress must pass the Afghan Adjustment Act.

Save the date for this year’s  ! Stay tuned to learn more about the work we do to create a more just immigration system....
10/06/2023

Save the date for this year’s ! Stay tuned to learn more about the work we do to create a more just immigration system. Every donation counts!

Make sure to check out our latest's Pro Bono Spotlight to  find out about the latest news and volunteer opportunities at...
10/03/2023

Make sure to check out our latest's Pro Bono Spotlight to find out about the latest news and volunteer opportunities at the Commission on Immigration.

Link Here:https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/immigration/pro_bono/probonospotlight-oct.pdf

We are excited to share the podcast episode “Immigration Law: From Corporate Visas to Pro Bono” on the ABA Young Lawyers...
09/22/2023

We are excited to share the podcast episode “Immigration Law: From Corporate Visas to Pro Bono” on the ABA Young Lawyers Division podcast called Young Lawyer Rising. In this episode, Host Montana Funk, herself a Canadian living and working in the United States, talks with the ABA Commission on Immigration Director of Pro Bono Stephanie Baez about the many facets of immigration law—a field that has been in the public eye a lot recently. Take a listen if you are an attorney who might be interested in taking on immigration cases pro bono or a law student considering a career in immigration law.

Listen here:

Lawyer Stephanie Baez talks about immigration law and the opportunities to serve private, public, and nonprofit interests. This field covers an array of niches, including employment and business immigration, student visas, and removal defense.

ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy is celebrating its 8th anniversary! Eight years of commitment to the mission of e...
09/22/2023

ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy is celebrating its 8th anniversary! Eight years of commitment to the mission of empowering all advocates who guide children and youth through complex legal procedures, and to do so with courage, competency, compassion, and creativity. CILA's hope is to ensure more immigrant youth are represented and to provide the resources and expertise needed to support those who endeavor to represent them.

Read 8 staff stories here:

This September, CILA celebrates 8 years of commitment to our mission of empowering all advocates who guide children and youth through complex legal procedures, to do so with courage, competency, … CILA’s 8th Anniversary: Get to Know Us Through 8 Staff-Submitted Stories Read More »

Thank you to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Migration Policy Institute, and the Georgetown Unive...
09/19/2023

Thank you to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Migration Policy Institute, and the Georgetown University Law Center for hosting the 20th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference at Georgetown University yesterday. It was a day of engaging in thoughtful policy and legal analysis and discussion of top immigration issues. There was conversation about the increased assertiveness of states controlled by Republicans to pass restrictive immigration-related laws as well as discussion of innovative Biden administration policies including increasing lawful pathways for migrants to avoid placing themselves into the hands of smugglers. Assistant DHS Secretary for Border and Immigration Policy Blas Nuñez-Neto emphasized that there is no lasting immigration solution that does not include Congressional action.

ABA President Mary Smith has released a strong statement in response to the recent DACA ruling from a federal court in T...
09/18/2023

ABA President Mary Smith has released a strong statement in response to the recent DACA ruling from a federal court in Texas. In her statement, Smith reaffirms ABA's support for Dreamers and urges Congress to take action to create a path to citizenship.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2023 – In light of the decision last week from a federal court in Texas regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the American Bar Association urges Congress to pass legislation that provides a critica

09/15/2023

The Immigration Justice Project’s Director Lauren Cusitello is on the ground at the San Ysidro border near the Chaparral crossing, where hundreds of asylum seekers from all over the world were recently processed by Customers and Border Protection. These individuals and families spent days detained by Customs and Border Protection in the open air between two 30-foot border walls. The organizations American Friends Service Committee and Universidad Popular stepped in to provide vital resources including food, medical care, and water. The COI's Immigration Justice Project (IJP) provides immigration legal information and representation to migrants in the San Diego region.

See Informed Immigrant's explainers in English and Spanish about the District Court ruling yesterday on DACA:
09/14/2023

See Informed Immigrant's explainers in English and Spanish about the District Court ruling yesterday on DACA:

09/13/2023

The Commission On Immigration is excited to announce the publishing of a new video series on YouTube titled Diverse Voices of the Immigration Bar. This weekly video series will feature a variety of professionals sharing their personal backgrounds, immigration related experiences, and insights into how to maintain a healthy career in immigration law. You can watch the first week of uploads at the link below!

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🚨The American Bar Association Commission on Immigration can NOW provide legal information & resources to individuals wit...
09/12/2023

🚨The American Bar Association Commission on Immigration can NOW provide legal information & resources to individuals without attorneys before the Atlanta, Baltimore, Hyattsville, and Sterling Immigration Courts. We will be conducting weekly group orientations via Zoom to explain immigration proceedings and common types of immigration relief. We will also conduct weekly pro se workshops to assist with Change of Address, Change of Venue, Asylum and Work Permit applications.

Call (202) 662-1769 or email [email protected] for the Zoom link and more information.

Check out our newly published practice advisory!This downloadable document covers common obstacles when representing Afg...
09/11/2023

Check out our newly published practice advisory!

This downloadable document covers common obstacles when representing Afghans in immigration proceedings such as commonly applied bars to asylum, potential ethical issues, common types of Afghan asylum cases and considerations for Afghans arriving at the southern border. Download the document today on our publications page.

Publications by the Commission on Immigration and other related organizations

Make sure to check out our updated Practice Advisory: Seeking Prosecutorial Discretion. The Practice Advisory includes a...
09/08/2023

Make sure to check out our updated Practice Advisory: Seeking Prosecutorial Discretion. The Practice Advisory includes an overview of various PD Memos and explains best practices for how to request PD and what types of discretion to seek. The Advisory includes a template PD request.

Find it Here:

The ABA Commission on Immigration offers on-demand CLE training and an extensive library of resources to our volunteer attorneys, mentors, and interpreters.

The ABA Commission on Immigration is hiring for a Staff Attorney for a new, virtual Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH) pro...
09/08/2023

The ABA Commission on Immigration is hiring for a Staff Attorney for a new, virtual Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH) project serving unrepresented individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region. Please share this opportunity in your networks!

Staff Attorney: The ABA Commission on Immigration seeks to hire a Staff Attorney to provide critical services for its virtual orientation programs, including a newly launched virtual Immigration Court Helpdesk. The position will assist with the provision of group orientations, pro se workshops, and individual orientations to unrepresented individuals in removal proceedings in the Mid-Atlantic region. The successful candidate will support staff and interns, assist with resource development, and help with programming around this important topic. Spanish language proficiency is required. This is a fully remote position. Preference will be given to candidates who reside in California, but all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity for a new or experienced attorney passionate about immigration law!

Apply here:

Take a look at the Job Opportunities at the American Bar Association *www.americanbar.org*

https://us231.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/aba/Posting/View/4492The COI is hiring a Program Specialist to staff...
09/08/2023

https://us231.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/aba/Posting/View/4492

The COI is hiring a Program Specialist to staff a new, virtual Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH) project serving unrepresented individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region. Please share with your networks!

Program Specialist: The ABA Commission on Immigration seeks to hire a Program Specialist based in Washington, DC, to support its virtual Immigration Court Helpdesk. This is an exciting and fast-paced position that supports the Commission’s staff and members to enhance fairness and due process in the immigration system. The position will support the organization and provision of virtual information sessions, pro se workshops and individual orientations to unrepresented individuals in removal proceedings in the Mid-Atlantic area. The position may also provide support to callers on the Detention and LOP Information Line, a national hotline for people in ICE custody seeking legal information. Seeking a creative problem solver who is detail-oriented and passionate about immigration law! Spanish language proficiency is required.

Take a look at the Job Opportunities at the American Bar Association *www.americanbar.org*

A federal judge ordered Texas Governor Greg Abbott to remove the floating barrier that was placed in the Rio Grande to i...
09/07/2023

A federal judge ordered Texas Governor Greg Abbott to remove the floating barrier that was placed in the Rio Grande to impede migrant crossings, calling it a "threat to human life." Texas' argument that the crossings constituted an invasion and therefore gave the state the legal authority to deploy the barrier was shot down by the judge. "Such a claim is breathtaking," the judge wrote in the decision.

Texas immediately filed a notice to appeal the decision.

A federal judge ordered the state to move the barrier, placed to discourage illegal crossings from Mexico, to the banks of the river.

Thank you to the 2023 summer associates from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP for their dedication to helping Afghan...
08/31/2023

Thank you to the 2023 summer associates from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP for their dedication to helping Afghan asylum seekers with applications for affirmative asylum. Brownstein worked with the ABA Commission on Immigration to implement our eight-week Pro Se Asylum Module Series, which combines lectures and workshops to empower pro se asylum seekers to build comprehensive asylum applications.

Throughout the summer, Brownstein summer associates met weekly with Afghan asylum seekers who had faced persecution based on their gender, political opinions, connections with the U.S. military, and membership in minority religious groups. The summer associates skillfully used trauma-informed lawyering techniques to interview the applicants and build rapport, and they helped the applicants complete the form I-589 application for asylum, draft detailed declarations, and gather supporting evidence. Thank you, Brownstein, for your commitment to pro bono work and dedication to supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community!

Click below to learn more about the Brownstein summer associates’ experience helping Afghan asylum seekers.

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/immigration/generating_justice_blog/pro-se-asylum-module-series-clinic-brownstein/

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