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 within the U.S. 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 counsel 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 Governo

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 counsel 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 Governo

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In our latest blog post, Haitian Migrants Confront Racial Discrimination at our Southern Border, Mary Giovagnoli provide...
10/08/2021

In our latest blog post, Haitian Migrants Confront Racial Discrimination at our Southern Border, Mary Giovagnoli provides an overview of the discrimination Haitians have faced at the Southern border placing current events in historical context.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3mHtL9o

In our latest blog post, Haitian Migrants Confront Racial Discrimination at our Southern Border, Mary Giovagnoli provides an overview of the discrimination Haitians have faced at the Southern border placing current events in historical context.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3mHtL9o

10/06/2021

Did you know? 40% of unaccompanied children with pending cases in immigration court are not represented. CILA updated our Pro Bono Guide to support pro bono attorneys working with children and youth in immigration cases! We created a short video announcing the updated Guide and highlighting CILA's platform, where you can see available pro bono opportunities. Check it out here: https://cilacademy.org/2021/10/06/cila-issues-2021-pro-bono-guide/ #immigration #probono

FREE WEBINAR AND MOVIE SCREENING: Join us and ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice to explore migration with t...
10/06/2021

FREE WEBINAR AND MOVIE SCREENING: Join us and
ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice to explore migration with the documentary film, A Bridge Apart. A free screening link is available from Oct 13-27 for anyone who registers culminating in a webinar on Oct 27 4-5:30.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3AhwCet

FREE WEBINAR AND MOVIE SCREENING: Join us and
ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice to explore migration with the documentary film, A Bridge Apart. A free screening link is available from Oct 13-27 for anyone who registers culminating in a webinar on Oct 27 4-5:30.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3AhwCet

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! In our latest blog post, Priscilla Orta, a Supervising Attorney on the children's team at...
10/05/2021

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! In our latest blog post, Priscilla Orta, a Supervising Attorney on the children's team at ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project writes about working in service of migrant children and her own family's immigration story.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3ix3Q2O

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! In our latest blog post, Priscilla Orta, a Supervising Attorney on the children's team at ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project writes about working in service of migrant children and her own family's immigration story.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3ix3Q2O

#hispanicheritagemonth #hispanicheritagemonth2021 #immigration

We are co-hosting a CLE with ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) on Nov 3 from 12 –...
10/01/2021
Events & CLE

We are co-hosting a CLE with ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) on Nov 3 from 12 – 3:20 which is designed for military attorneys working in legal assistance, as well as civilian lawyers whose practices involve military-connected clients or issues.

Register and more info HERE: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_assistance_military_personnel/events_cle/

Events and CLE opportunities for those serving the legal needs of servicemembers and veterans.

Want to help Haitian immigrants? ABA is looking to train pro bono volunteers through our TPS Clinics. Thank you to the A...
09/30/2021
Want to help Haitian immigrants? ABA is looking to train pro bono volunteers

Want to help Haitian immigrants? ABA is looking to train pro bono volunteers through our TPS Clinics. Thank you to the ABA Journal and our Chair Karla McKanders!

The ABA is offering a new opportunity to members who want to help immigrants who have fled Haiti because of ongoing political strife and devastating natural disasters.

09/29/2021

Do you have a friend, neighbor, or family member that speaks Creole? Volunteer with us by translating at citizenship clinics, helping fellow immigrants in filling out forms, and so much more. Get started and apply now: bit.ly/TPSHaitiVol

Have any questions, feel free to email us: [email protected]

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09/23/2021

From light-touch to full cases, the ABA Commission on Immigration and its Projects have pro bono that fits into your schedule.

Watch this video and sign up HERE: bit.ly/3EIkjuq to learn more and get involved.

For immigration law, a perfect storm creates challenges and opportunities for firms
09/23/2021
For immigration law, a perfect storm creates challenges and opportunities for firms

For immigration law, a perfect storm creates challenges and opportunities for firms

Three key developments are driving a dramatic increase in U.S. immigration activity in 2021. As a result, immigration law firms are bracing for a huge influx of cases. In this rapidly evolving practice area, technology and process automation are increasingly important for immigration attorneys seeki...

We are looking to hire a Director of Legal Programs and Operations to oversee our offsite projects and coordinate operat...
09/21/2021

We are looking to hire a Director of Legal Programs and Operations to oversee our offsite projects and coordinate operations within the larger Association. The successful candidate will support the work of these three offsite projects while helping to coordinate and streamline administrative procedures, assist with fundraising efforts and grant applications, develop programmatic work and engage in advocacy and strategic communications.

Interested candidates should apply HERE: http://bit.ly/3lKwGgP

We are looking to hire a Director of Legal Programs and Operations to oversee our offsite projects and coordinate operations within the larger Association. The successful candidate will support the work of these three offsite projects while helping to coordinate and streamline administrative procedures, assist with fundraising efforts and grant applications, develop programmatic work and engage in advocacy and strategic communications.

Interested candidates should apply HERE: http://bit.ly/3lKwGgP

ABA Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic that allows income-eligible individuals to post civil legal ques...
09/21/2021

ABA Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic that allows income-eligible individuals to post civil legal questions online seeking advice from volunteer attorneys. Read more below about how you can participate as a Pro Bono attorney!

Read HERE: http://bit.ly/3nPoxuh

ABA Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic that allows income-eligible individuals to post civil legal questions online seeking advice from volunteer attorneys. Read more below about how you can participate as a Pro Bono attorney!

Read HERE: http://bit.ly/3nPoxuh

09/17/2021
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Yesterday, in Huisha-Huisha, et al. v. Mayorkas, a U.S. District Court granted a motion for class certification and a motion for preliminary injunction (the latter which it stayed for 14 days), to prevent U.S. border officials from using Title 42 to expel families with young children seeking asylum.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/3kiqPzI

Interested in connecting more with the ABA Commission on Immigration? Follow our new LinkedIn page to stay up to date wi...
09/17/2021
American Bar Association Commission on Immigration Careers and Current Employee Profiles | Find referrals | LinkedIn

Interested in connecting more with the ABA Commission on Immigration?

Follow our new LinkedIn page to stay up to date with programs, Pro Bono opportunities, and more!

American Bar Association Commission on Immigration | 57 followers on LinkedIn. The Commission seeks to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the U.S. | Guided by resolutions adopted by the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the Commission on I...

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!! We will be sharing resources and ways to get involved all month long.
09/16/2021

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!! We will be sharing resources and ways to get involved all month long.

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! We'll be sharing ABA resources, publications, and highlighting Hispanic legal professionals throughout the month!

Thanks to @ABATAXSECTION for the awesome graphic and their commitment to diversity!

@ABADiversity @ABAesq @ABA_CRSJ

Join us on Sept. 15, from 2-3:30 pm ET for a discussion of immigration-focused strategies and resources for lawyers to h...
09/09/2021

Join us on Sept. 15, from 2-3:30 pm ET for a discussion of immigration-focused strategies and resources for lawyers to help Haitians in the midst of political instability after the death of President Jovenel Moïse and in the aftermath of the August 15, 2021 earthquake.

Register HERE: http://bit.ly/3C1jqLv

ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Join us on Sept. 15, from 2-3:30 pm ET for a discussion of immigration-focused strategies and resources for lawyers to help Haitians in the midst of political instability after the death of President Jovenel Moïse and in the aftermath of the August 15, 2021 earthquake.

Register HERE: http://bit.ly/3C1jqLv

ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

08/12/2021

Anuncio de Servicio Público: Tenga en mente estas sugerencias para poder evitar estafas de inmigración. Esta orientación es importante tanto si está buscando la manera de obtener un estatus legal de inmigración o preparandose para comparecer ante en la corte de inmigración.

Yasmin Yavar, a Senior Staff Attorney with the Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), writes about a new, innovative...
08/10/2021

Yasmin Yavar, a Senior Staff Attorney with the Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), writes about a new, innovative pro bono platform that connects attorneys to immigrant children in need of legal representation across the country.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3s1XgVm

Yasmin Yavar, a Senior Staff Attorney with the Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), writes about a new, innovative pro bono platform that connects attorneys to immigrant children in need of legal representation across the country.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3s1XgVm

In our latest blog post, ABA Commission on Immigration Pro Bono Counsel Stephanie Baez writes about how Bonnie Fought, a...
08/04/2021

In our latest blog post, ABA Commission on Immigration Pro Bono Counsel Stephanie Baez writes about how Bonnie Fought, a transactional attorney with no litigation or immigration experience, changed the life of a detained immigrant when she took on his case with the ABA Immigration Justice Project of San Diego pro bono.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3xn8bdy

In our latest blog post, ABA Commission on Immigration Pro Bono Counsel Stephanie Baez writes about how Bonnie Fought, a transactional attorney with no litigation or immigration experience, changed the life of a detained immigrant when she took on his case with the ABA Immigration Justice Project of San Diego pro bono.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3xn8bdy

Join us this Friday! Tickets on sale now!
08/03/2021

Join us this Friday! Tickets on sale now!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will honor legendary civil rights leader Dr. Clarence B. Jones with the Thurgood Marshall Award in a virtual celebration on Friday, August 6, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT, during the 2021 ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting. The program will feature poignant remarks from multiple esteemed guests, including colleagues from throughout Dr. Jones's lifetime. A legendary "surprise" guest who will be a "first" for the Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration and the American Bar Association has been confirmed. You will NOT want to miss it!

Buy your ticket today! ➡️ bit.ly/3qUogWj

ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project seeks children’s team staff attorneys to advocate for & serve som...
08/02/2021

ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project seeks children’s team staff attorneys to advocate for & serve some of the highest numbers of detained unaccompanied children nationally.

For more information visit https://ambar.org/probar

ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project seeks children’s team staff attorneys to advocate for & serve some of the highest numbers of detained unaccompanied children nationally.

For more information visit https://ambar.org/probar

07/28/2021
Public Service Announcement: Tips to avoid immigration scams

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Whether you are exploring options to obtain lawful status in the U.S. or preparing to appear in immigration court, please keep these important facts in mind to protect you and your family’s from immigration scams.

Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez, a Staff Attorney with ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, writes about t...
07/27/2021

Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez, a Staff Attorney with ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, writes about the uncertainty and deep instability that his DACA clients are faced with, especially in light of the July 16th ruling that puts the program in jeopardy.

Read HERE: http://bit.ly/3f12uLX

Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez, a Staff Attorney with ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, writes about the uncertainty and deep instability that his DACA clients are faced with, especially in light of the July 16th ruling that puts the program in jeopardy.

Read HERE: http://bit.ly/3f12uLX

The Children's Immigration Law Academy, one of our projects based in Houston, TX, is hiring a Senior Staff Attorney who ...
06/28/2021

The Children's Immigration Law Academy, one of our projects based in Houston, TX, is hiring a Senior Staff Attorney who will provide technical assistance, training, resources, and opportunities for collaboration to advocates who represent unaccompanied children in Texas. Find out more and apply here: bit.ly/35XgOQH

The Children's Immigration Law Academy, one of our projects based in Houston, TX, is hiring a Senior Staff Attorney who will provide technical assistance, training, resources, and opportunities for collaboration to advocates who represent unaccompanied children in Texas. Find out more and apply here: bit.ly/35XgOQH

Yesterday, Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated two prior Attorney General decisions that had sought to dramatically...
06/17/2021

Yesterday, Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated two prior Attorney General decisions that had sought to dramatically restrict asylum eligibility for those fleeing persecution by non-state actors in light of ongoing and forthcoming promulgation of federal regulations on the definition of “particular social group,” one protected ground for asylum in U.S. and international law. The first, Matter of A-B-, vacates 2018 and early January 2021 decisions by Attorney Generals in the prior administration that made sweeping statements that generally victims of domestic violence, gang violence, and other forms of “private” violence would not be eligible for asylum. Those decisions undercut decades of developing case law on gender-based asylum, and overturned precedent establishing eligibility for some survivors of domestic violence. The second case, Matter of L-E-A-, vacates a 2019 Attorney General decision that sought to eliminate recognition of family units as a particular social group under U.S. asylum law, despite case law in multiple federal circuit courts of appeal to the contrary.

Yesterday’s decisions by Attorney General Garland are an important step to restoring and strengthening asylum protections for individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries. The ABA Commission on Immigration advocates for a fair and humane system of humanitarian protection and access to counsel for immigrants and asylum seekers in the immigration system.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3iOxv8p and HERE: bit.ly/3xv73Vu

Yesterday, Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated two prior Attorney General decisions that had sought to dramatically restrict asylum eligibility for those fleeing persecution by non-state actors in light of ongoing and forthcoming promulgation of federal regulations on the definition of “particular social group,” one protected ground for asylum in U.S. and international law. The first, Matter of A-B-, vacates 2018 and early January 2021 decisions by Attorney Generals in the prior administration that made sweeping statements that generally victims of domestic violence, gang violence, and other forms of “private” violence would not be eligible for asylum. Those decisions undercut decades of developing case law on gender-based asylum, and overturned precedent establishing eligibility for some survivors of domestic violence. The second case, Matter of L-E-A-, vacates a 2019 Attorney General decision that sought to eliminate recognition of family units as a particular social group under U.S. asylum law, despite case law in multiple federal circuit courts of appeal to the contrary.

Yesterday’s decisions by Attorney General Garland are an important step to restoring and strengthening asylum protections for individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries. The ABA Commission on Immigration advocates for a fair and humane system of humanitarian protection and access to counsel for immigrants and asylum seekers in the immigration system.

Read HERE: bit.ly/3iOxv8p and HERE: bit.ly/3xv73Vu

06/16/2021

Wilmer, a former client of the ABA South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), fled Guatemala after facing death threats for his opposition to corruption. With the help of ProBAR, he was granted asylum and now, twenty years later, is an American citizen and college graduate. Here is a small piece of his inspiring story.

Join us Thursday!
06/15/2021

Join us Thursday!

Join us THIS THURSDAY at 1:00 p.m. ET for a candid discussion about immigration issues at the southern border and the representation of migrants. Our panel of experts in immigration rights and law will discuss both past and current policies shaping the reality of U.S. immigration today.

Register HERE ➡️ bit.ly/3fHRXEZ

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06/11/2021

Join the ABA to connect with public interest lawyers and inform the Association’s advocacy efforts. Get involved with member-driven programming and special pro bono opportunities. Public interest lawyers enjoy reduced annual membership rates: $75 for those in the first 4 years of practice and $150 for those with more experience. ambar.org/JoinPublicInterest

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The following publications are available for download and for purchase on our website at www.americanbar.org/immigration:

-ABA Civil Immigration Detention Standards (2012)

-ABA Know Your Rights Video (2012)

-Reforming the Immigration System: Proposals to Promote Independence, Fairness, Efficiency, and Professionalism in the Adjudication of Removal Cases (Full Report and Executive Summary) (2019)

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