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August 25, 2020 COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES

Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to legal visitation and access to counsel for those detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The ABA Commission on Immigration has developed two handbooks designed for lawyers and advocates to support them in asserting their detained clients’ rights to access to counsel. This webinar introduced the detention standards, highlighted some of the reoccurring challenges that counsel and clients face during the pandemic, and considered best practices for utilizing the handbooks and best strategies for overcoming access to counsel issues in the ICE detention facilities.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Patricia Lee Refo, President, American Bar Association; Partner, Snell & Wilmer LLP


  • Sawyeh Esmaili, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Americans for Immigrant Justice

  • Denise Gilman, Clinical Professor, University of Texas School of Law; Director, Immigration Clinic, University of Texas School of Law

  • Dora Schriro, Special Advisor, ABA Commission on Immigration


Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Immigration

Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Criminal Justice Section


Transcript: Access to Counsel in Immigration Detention in the Time of COVID-19

ABA Legal Access Handbooks
NDS 2019
PBNDS 2011

ICE Detention Standards
NDS 2019
PBNDS 2011
ICE Pandemic Response Requirement, Version 3 (updated July 28, 2020)
ICE Pandemic Response Requirement, Version 2 (updated June 22, 2020)
ICE Pandemic Response Requirement, Version 1 (updated April 10, 2020)

Galye v. Meade
Franklin Gomez Carranza and Ruben Torres Jauregui v. ICE

Pro Bono Opportunities
COI Pro Bono Trips
COI Pro Bono Opportunities (including IJP/ProBAR) - contact Jennie Kneedler
AIJ Pro Bono Opportunities - for detenion related pro bono inquiries, contact Jessica Schneider. For general volunteer inquiries, email [email protected] or sign up here.

Additional Resources
Comparison, 2011 PBNDS (rev. 2016) and 2019 NDS
Prison By Any Other Name: A Report on South Florida Detention Facilities
Americans for Immigrant Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center | December 2019

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