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Legal Orientation Training: Helping with Afghan Arrivals on Military Bases (Live Roundtable)

September 17 Webinar | Attorneys across the globe are seeking ways to assist recent Afghan evacuees. AILA and the ABA Commission on Immigration will be hosting a training for individuals interested in providing legal orientations for Afghans at military bases across the country. Experts will cover substantive law, the process at the bases, cultural competency, and working with interpreters.

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Mobilizing Legal Resources for Haitians in a Time of Crisis

September 14, 2021 Webinar | This roundtable will discuss 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. These destabilizing events will be contextualized in light of past U.S. immigration policy after the 2010 earthquake and recent efforts to halt Temporary Protected Status for Haitian migrants. The goal is to understand how resources can be mobilized for policy efforts and individual representation to facilitate unprecedented access to the U.S. immigration system for Haitians during this time of crisis.

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Afghanistan: A Rapid Response to the Recent U.S. Withdrawal and How You Can Help

September 8, 2021 Webinar | The U.S. troops are gone from Afghanistan, but the crisis is far from over. Tens of thousands of Afghans have fled their homeland, with little more than the clothes on their backs. There is an overwhelming need for assistance for the Afghan refugees in this country, as well as the Afghans still in Afghanistan but anxious to leave. As lawyers, what can we do — both individually and collectively — to support these brave Afghans? Join us for briefing on the current situation in Afghanistan and stateside, the ongoing efforts to support Afghans seeking to relocate to the U.S., and the many opportunities for you to help.

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Unaccompanied Children at the Border: Get the Facts from the Experts

April 9, 2021 Webinar | Major news outlets are reporting daily on the “humanitarian challenge” posed by a recent influx of unaccompanied children at the border. In this webinar, you will hear from experts discussing who these children are, why they are coming now, and how the U.S. government is receiving them.

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ABA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association Partner for Free Legal Answers

December 8, 2020. The ABA has partnered with AILA on this exciting new remote pro bono opportunity. This free webinar will offer an overview of the FLA program, the benefits and protections for AILA volunteers (including flexibility in scheduling and choosing questions to answer; limited scope representation not requiring ongoing commitment to a case; anonymity; malpractice coverage and CLE credit in some states) and will guide prospective AILA volunteers through the logistics of the registration process. The intersection with the veteran’s law site and AILA's Military Assistance Project (MAP) will also be addressed.

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The Intersection of Immigration, Asylum and HIV

October 6, 2020; Immigration and Asylum are fields of law that have seen negative changes for clients over the past few years. When immigration and asylum clients are living with HIV, they can face additional barriers and live with additional fears in addressing immigration hurdles. In this webinar, practitioners discuss their experiences working with immigrant clients living with HIV and recent changes to immigration regulations and legal responses to these changes.

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Undocumented Lawyer Webinar

October 21, 2020; The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the ABA Commission on Immigration jointly hosted a virtual screening of “The Undocumented Lawyer” and a Live Q&A. This documentary short film follows Lizbeth Mateo, an attorney who is herself undocumented, as she fights for justice for her clients. The Q&A is with protagonist Lizbeth Mateo, Professor Olivas and filmmakers.

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Shutting Doors: How the U.S. is Poised to End Asylum & Turn Its Back on the Persecuted

June 23, 2020; The U.S. government has just proposed regulations that would eviscerate the current U.S. asylum system, making it effectively impossible for people fleeing persecution to obtain protection in the United States. If implemented, among other acute concerns, the rule would eliminate gender-based asylum—shutting the door to anyone fleeing life-threatening persecution due to their gender, while undoing decades of legal precedent. Women fleeing rape and severe domestic violence, LGBTQ+ individuals facing deadly attacks, and those escaping other fatal gender-based harms in their home countries would no longer be able to find safety in the U.S. if the regulations take effect.

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How the ABA is Serving Detained Immigrants During COVID-19 and How You Can Help

June 11, 2020; Staff from each of the three ABA Commission on Immigration projects (ProBAR, IJP, and CILA) discussed challenges facing adults detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and unaccompanied children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, how their work has changed during COVID-19, and how lawyers can assist adult migrants detained in South Texas and San Diego with requesting release on parole.

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

August 26, 2020; 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, and considered best practices for utilizing the handbooks.

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Immigration Policy and Practice During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 15, 2020; This webinar discusses how actions the federal government has taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic have impacted the immigrant community and what additional steps are needed to effectively enforce immigration laws while safeguarding both public health and fundamental due process rights during a national pandemic.

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Strategies for Working with Children Affected By MPP

March 18, 2020: Since the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) went into effect in 2019, advocates have been encountering more and more children who have been affected by MPP in some way. Some children in ORR custody have ongoing MPP cases with their family members, others have been ordered removed in absentia or on the merits. This is a rapidly evolving area of the law. Join us for a discussion of how MPP issues are arising and what approaches are being tested.

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Defend Due Process for Asylum Seekers at the Border

February 27, 2020; Over 55,000 asylum seekers await their hearings in Mexico and thousands more are subjected to detention in remote immigration jails along the U.S.-Mexico border. Watch to learn about what is happening at the border and how you can make a difference. The Commission and the Campaign have teamed up to increase legal representation for the most vulnerable migrants in removal proceedings on the border.

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Yearning to Breathe Free: Welcome to America?

On April 17, 2018, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) hosted its Annual Issues Conference exploring key legal frameworks and rule of law challenges surrounding the global forced migration crisis.

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