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April 13, 2020

ABA webinar explores immigration policy and practices during the coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2020 —The American Bar Association will conduct a free webinar, “Immigration Policy and Practice During the Coronavirus Pandemic,” on Thursday, April 16, from  2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

The webinar is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Immigration and the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, which offers a series of free webinars exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting critical legal issues of criminal justice, civil rights, human rights and economic concerns, among others

Experts will discuss how federal government actions in response to the pandemic have affected immigrants and people seeking asylum and what additional steps are needed to enforce immigration laws while safeguarding public health and due process rights.

Speakers will include:

  • Welcoming remarks by ABA President Judy Perry Martinez
  • Alice Farmer, legal officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 
  • Fatma Marouf, law professor and director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Aileen M. Marty, infectious disease professor, Florida International University
  • Dora Schriro, former special adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and special adviser to the ABA Commission on Immigration 
  • Fermin Vargas, senior staff attorney, ABA Immigration Justice Project
  • Denise Gilman (moderator), law professor and co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic, University of Texas at Austin

To register for the program, click here. For media registration, please contact Marc Davis at 202-662-1773 or [email protected].

For more ABA-produced webinars on COVID-19 and the pandemic, click here. To see all of the ABA’s COVID-19 coverage, click here.

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