Responding to Common SIJS RFEs, NOIDs, and NOIRs, Arguments for Appealing Denials to the AAO and Options for Federal Court Appeals

This webinar will highlight the latest trends we are seeing in RFEs, NOIDs and NOIRs and how to respond to them. The webinar will help attorneys to develop arguments to rebut the common RFEs, NOIDs, and NOIRs we come across, based on state and federal law, and USCIS’s own Policy Manual. We will then look at successful arguments that have been posed to the AAO and what options attorneys have beyond the AAO. The webinar will also assist attorneys in evaluating which cases are ripe for appeal, balancing zealous advocacy with the need to produce favorable case law.

The webinar is presented by:

  • Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director, ABA's Children's Immigration Law Academy
  • Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA's Children's Immigration Law Academy
  • Elizabeth Nuñez, Senior Attorney for the Unaccompanied Children Program, Catholic Charities Cabrini Center for Immigration Legal Assistance
  • Alexandria Gomez, Senior Attorney for the Unaccompanied Children Program, Catholic Charities Cabrini Center for Immigration Legal Assistance
  • Susan L. Watson, Group Coordinator, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

This webinar recording will provide 1.5 hour of CLE credit, which includes 0.25 ethics credit, until 05/03/2020. After viewing the webinar, please contact us at cila@abacila.org to obtain the course number and webinar documents.

 

From Trauma to Resilience: Learning Client’s Stories with a Trauma-Informed Lens [HILSC]

The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaboration (HILSC) and member organizations (Tahirih Justice Center, Justice for Our Neighbors, the Children’s Immigration Law Academy), along with Rosalie Hyde, LCSW (Houston Galveston Trauma Institute) present a new webinar series: Mental Health Evaluations for Immigrant Clients: From Your First Interview to the Merits Hearing!

A high-quality forensic evaluation is often the difference between winning and losing an immigration case. Immigration legal services providers and mental health experts must work closely together to address clients’ trauma so they can advocate for themselves in the complex immigration system. This series aims to train attorneys to effectively work with mental health evaluators by learning trauma-informed lawyering, how to set up a forensic evaluation, the role of the forensic evaluation in your case, preparing for expert testimony, and special considerations for working with child clients.

This first webinar in this series, From Trauma to Resilience: Learning Client’s Stories with a Trauma-Informed Lens, sets the stage for working with clients who have experienced trauma- a normal reaction to an abnormal event. Trauma informed lawyering will help attorneys be more effective advocates by helping your client's story come through to the adjudicator whether it is an immigration judge, asylum officer, or USCIS officer. The webinar will introduce attorneys working with immigrant clients to the definition of trauma, its impact on our clients and best practices for creating a safe environment for clients who have experience trauma to share what has happened to them for their legal case.

 

The ABA’s Updated Standards for Unaccompanied Children, Practical Guidance and Advocacy Tool

The webinar will highlight key sections of the ABA’s Unaccompanied Children’s (UC) Standards (revised in August 2018) and offer attorneys and legal staff suggestions for how they can be a tool for practice, including ethical concerns, as well as advocating for UC clients. Presenters will include the following contributors to the August 2018 standards update:

The webinar is presented by:

  • Meredith Linsky, Director of the ABA Commission on Immigration
  • Yasmin Yavar, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA
  • Cristina Ritchie Cooper, Director of Immigration Projects, ABA Center on Children and the Law
  • Wendy Wylegala, Deputy Director for Legal Technical Assistance, KIND
  • Jennifer Nagda, Policy Director, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

This webinar recording will provide 1 hour of CLE credit, which includes 0.25 ethics credit, until 02/19/2020. After viewing the webinar, please contact us at cila@abacila.org to obtain the course number and webinar documents.

 

Identifying and Raising Capacity and Mental Competency Issues in Children’s Immigration Cases

This webinar will help attorneys develop strategies for identifying capacity and mental competency issues when working with children, in addition to, raising these challenges in immigration court and during asylum interviews. It will also provide guiding principles and best practices for working with traumatized children and mental health experts as attorneys develop and prepare a child’s immigration case.

The webinar is presented by:

  • Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA
  • Damir S. Utrzan, Ph.D., LMFT from the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Erica Schommer, Esq., Clinical Associate Professor from St. Mary's University School of Law
  • Meghan Casey, Esq., Supervising Attorney from Northwest Immigration Rights Project
Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.
 
This webinar recording will provide 1 hour of CLE credit, which includes 0.25 ethics credit, until 12/21/2019. After viewing the webinar, please contact us at cila@abacila.org to obtain the course number and webinar documents.

 

Trial Advocacy in Immigration Court: Understanding the Rules

CILA staff will present an overview of the rules of procedure and evidence in immigration court, where they come from, where to find them, and tips for preparing for your case in light of the rules.

The webinar is presented by staff from The ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy:

  • Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director, ABA CILA
  • Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA
  • Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA
Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.
 
This webinar recording will provide 1 hour of CLE credit until 12/31/2019. After viewing the webinar, please contact us at cila@abacila.org to obtain the course number and webinar documents.

 

Children’s Immigration Law: 2018 Round Up

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) hosted a webinar presentation providing a review of substantive and procedural changes in immigration law affecting children’s immigration law over the past year and a half. The presentation will highlight both the ups and downs of the past months including creative strategies for litigating in this new environment.  The presentation aims to provide guidance, including ethical considerations to attorneys on how to litigate in a constantly changing environment as well as point them to resources to guide them along the way.

The webinar is presented by staff from The ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy:

  • Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director 
  • Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney 
  • Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney 
Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.
 
This webinar recording will provide 1 hour of CLE credit, which includes 0.25 Ethics credit, until 08/31/2019. After viewing the webinar, please contact us at cila@abacila.org to obtain the course number and webinar documents.

 

Overview of Immigration Litigation in Federal Court

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) hosted a webinar presentation on federal litigation in immigration cases.

The presenters are experts in immigration litigation in federal courts:

  1. Geoffrey Hoffman is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center
  2. Susan Watson is an experienced attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA).

The webinar will give a broad overview of: Administrative Procedures Act (APA) claims, writ of habeas corpus, writ of mandamus, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Bivens actions, and Section 1983 suits. The presentation aims to provide a summary of federal litigation avenues for immigration practitioners. It is especially important today to stay informed about viable federal claims in order to protect the client’s rights and build a complete record in the event federal litigation is necessary.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Making Interpretation Seamless: Best Practices for Attorneys

This webinar is designed to provide tips to attorneys working with child clients and interpreters. The speakers focus on best practices for working with interpreters throughout a case from the unique viewpoint of interpreters. The presentation also helps attorneys develop strategies for addressing interpretation challenges during asylum interviews and court proceedings.

Elissa Steglich, Clinical Professor, University of Texas School of Law
Adriana Morales, Texas Master Licenses Court Interpreter
Evelyn Eyzaguirre, Interpreter

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

Immigration Legal Research and AAO Appeals

This webinar covers the basics of immigration legal research and procedural aspects of an appeal before the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) after a denial of a Special Immigrant Juvenile petition.

CILA Director Dalia Castillo-Granados discusses resources for immigration legal research and a review of CILA’s online resources chart. Elissa Steglich, Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, gives an overview of appeals before the AAO. Elissa addresses the options available after a denial of an I-360, Special Immigrant Juvenile petition, steps to complete and file an I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion before USCIS, and practice tips for filing a successful appeal before the AAO.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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PATERNITY ISSUES IN TEXAS FOR SIJS CASES

This webinar focuses on how to strengthen custody suits with SIJS findings in Texas where paternity needs to be established. CILA Director Dalia Castillo-Granados presents on SIJS statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements; and recent trends in USCIS SIJS adjudication. Alex Hunt from Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C., gives an overview of paternity law in Texas and addresses how paternity is established through a court order​​ and common paternity issues in SIJS cases.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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UC Sponsor Targeting by ICE

This webinar, co-presented by Brandon Roché, Senior Staff Attorney at CILA, Ashley Kaper, Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas, and Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, Director of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic, covers reports of UC sponsor targeting by ICE.  The speakers address the federal criminal smuggling statute, issues of self-incrimination, the need for criminal defense counsel, and the Fugitive Disentitlement doctrine as implicated in these matters.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Immigration Protections for Child Victims of Crime

This webinar, co-presented by Brandon Roché, Senior Staff Attorney at CILA, and Elise Griesmyer, Supervising Attorney for Catholic Charities Cabrini Center Crime Victims Assistance Program, focuses on relief for child victims of crime.  It covers the basic elements required to qualify for U, T and VAWA status.  In addition, the presentation offers guidance on effective screening techniques, types of qualifying crimes, and tips on obtaining a law enforcement certification.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Post-18 Issues in Texas State Courts and Before USCIS

CILA's webinar focuses on Post-18 Issues in Texas State Courts and before USCIS. The presentation covers the following topics regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions: Yasmin Yavar, Senior Staff Attorney, discusses the procedural framework related to filings with and notices from USCIS in SIJ cases. Next, David Walding, BIA Accredited Representative and Director of the Bernardo Kohler Center in Austin, provides an overview of the ongoing Budhathoki litigation pertaining to post-18 orders in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SACPRs). David also addresses Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decisions in the wake of Budhathoki. Finally, CILA Director Dalia Castillo-Granados offers state court guidance in light of USCIS' current posture in post-18 cases, and discusses specific issues related to post-18 declaratory judgments.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Introduction to Unaccompanied Children Immigration Law and Working in a Law Office

Brandon Roché, Senior Staff Attorney at CILA, focuses on giving non-attorney staff the foundation for understanding the interplay of courts, government agencies, regulations, legislation, and ethical obligations that attorneys forget they didn’t learn until law school.

Please note that this is not a CLE program.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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RFEs, NOIDs and Inadmissibility Issues in Texas SIJS Cases

CILA's webinar focuses on Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) issued by USCIS in SIJS cases, as well as issues of inadmissibility that may arise in SIJS cases and how to address them.

Brandon Roché and Yasmin Yavar, senior staff attorneys at CILA, present on this topic and focus on Texas SIJS cases. They start by examining what circumstances frequently trigger RFEs and NOIDs from USCIS and how to avoid them in the first place. They then delve into the proper ways to respond to an RFE and how to counter a NOID. Finally, they discuss how to address common issues of inadmissibility that arise in SIJS cases, including waiver preparation.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Texas State Court Procedural Issues in SIJS Cases

The webinar focused on various procedural issues that often arise in SIJS-related cases presented before Texas state courts. This webinar was presented with a focus for Region A providers. 

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director at CILA, presented on this topic. Dalia discusses the following: evidentiary rules and burdens of proof as they relate to conservatorship and dependency proceedings. She also discusses ways to meet the Title 5 requirements under the Family Code when dealing with challenging issues that arise in SIJS cases.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Ethical Issues in Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Matters

This webinar focuses on the ABA model rules and the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professinal Conduct. We address capacity, ability to contract, and best practices for the execution of legal documents when your client is a minor. Additionally, we discuss ethical issues that arise in juvenile visa cases when both the child and potential conservator are your clients, and consider best practices from other jurisdictions. Finally, CILA staff offer suggestions for effectively communicating with child clients so as to establish a relationship of trust, and provide tips for working with child victims of trauma.

Speakers

Brandon Roché, CILA Senior Staff Attorney
Yasmin Yavar, CILA Senior Staff Attorney

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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