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E-learning Course: Seeking Humanitarian Relief

September 30 – October 28, 2014


$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$325 per person for private attorneys and staff


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U.S. Immigration law provides humanitarian relief to individuals seeking protection due to natural disasters, civil unrest, fear of persecution and other compelling emergency situations.  This four-week e-learning course will review the various forms of relief available and discuss  the eligibility requirements and application procedures for each.  Topics covered will include humanitarian parole, temporary protected status (TPS), deferred enforced departure (DED), the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Section 203, asylum and derivative benefits, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), humanitarian reinstatement of I-130 relative petitions and the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act. For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.  


Training Level: Introductory

This is an introduction to humanitarian relief for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with immigration law vocabulary is assumed.


The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski, Debbie Smith, Ilissa Mira and Tatyana Delgado.  For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at:  


The course starts on September 30th  with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. EDT starting on October 7th.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.


Course Completion Requirements:  Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar and (b) complete each weekly course quiz.   You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the coures to meet these requirements.


Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.


Space is limited. The deadline for registration is October 7, 2014 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Jon Braswell at   

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CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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