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The project’s primary objective is to increase the number of fully accredited representatives and attorneys who are qualified to represent immigrants in immigration court proceedings.To accomplish this, the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project will conduct court skills training for both nonprofit agency staff (accredited representatives and attorneys) and pro bono attorneys; develop practice materials to assist legal representatives; advocate against retrogressive policy changes; and expand public awareness on issues faced by vulnerable immigrants. Below are a collection of resources that can also be found on the project's page.     

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Resources for legal practitioners

Sample Respondent’s Brief Regarding Particular Social Group Formulation Requirements Under Matter of W-Y-C- & H-O-B-

Page last updated: June 6, 2018

This practice pointer provides practitioners guidance on the Attorney General’s Matter of Castro-Tum decision issued on May 17, 2018. Matter of Castro-Tum revokes immigration judges’ and the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) general authority to administratively close cases, or temporarily close cases without deciding them, with some exceptions.

 

Page last updated: June 13, 2018

This guide provides strategies for practitioners seeking a client’s release from immigration detention. It focuses on the nuts and bolts of preparing for and representing a client during immigration court bond hearings.

Page last updated: May 25, 2018

As the future of DACA recipients remains uncertain, practitioners who work with DACA recipients should explore permanent relief options for this vulnerable population.

Page last updated: May 9, 2018

The Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017 DACA rescission has left DACA recipients in limbo and prompted many questions on what comes next for this vulnerable population. 

Page last updated: April 26, 2018

The Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017 DACA rescission has left DACA recipients in limbo and prompted many questions on what comes next for this vulnerable population. 

Page last updated: April 26, 2018

The Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017 DACA rescission has left DACA recipients in limbo and prompted many questions on what comes next for this vulnerable population. 

Page last updated: April 26, 2018

The Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017 DACA rescission has left DACA recipients in limbo and prompted many questions on what comes next for this vulnerable population. 

Page last updated: April 26, 2018
Ilissa Mira and Jen Riddle

This practice advisory, written for legal service providers, answers common questions about applying for DACA in light of the Regents of the University of California V. DHS court order and ongoing litigation.  It includes current practice tips and will be updated as we learn more.

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

As more noncitizens are targeted for the initiation of removal proceedings under the Trump administration’s broadened enforcement priorities, immigration court dockets will likely become even more backlogged. Given these strains and the reality of human fallibility, there will continue to be instances in which practitioners observe inappropriate and problematic immigration judge conduct.

Page last updated: August 10, 2017

This practice advisory is designed for practitioners representing child clients in removal proceedings or advising family members of child clients in removal proceedings. As reports of ICE arresting parents and family members emerge, the goal of this advisory is to provide guidance and suggestions to practitioners on best practices for mitigating the risk of civil immigration enforcement or criminal prosecution of family members of children in removal proceedings.

Page last updated: July 20, 2017
Kiyanoush Razaghi

President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 executive order, known as the travel ban, has been challenged several times in districts across the country. Here are the newest updates.

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

What is the definition of an unaccompanied child (“UC”) under federal immigration law and what protections are afforded to such children? This practice advisory is intended to educate advocates on important UC protections and assist them with starting-point strategies for combating Department of Homeland Security efforts to strip vulnerable children of protections afforded to them as unaccompanied children. The practice advisory also discusses other steps advocates and communities can take to ensure that vulnerable children’s rights are protected.

Page last updated: June 13, 2018
Michelle Mendez

In a three-page April 11, 2017, memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for increased criminal prosecution of noncitizens. Living up to his pro-prosecution, anti-immigrant reputation, Sessions’ memo directs federal prosecutors to prioritize bringing criminal charges to “further reduce illegality.”

Page last updated: June 18, 2018
Rebecca Scholtz

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a precedent decision about administrative closure, on April 18, 2017. Administrative closure is a procedure that temporarily removes a case from an immigration judge’s active calendar. It is usually done due to the possibility of some event that is “relevant to immigration proceedings but is outside the control of the parties or the court and may not occur for a significant or undetermined period of time.”

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

The “Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL): A State-by-State Overview of Legal Mechanisms to Combat these Deceptive Practice” resource is intended for immigration attorneys, recognized and accredited representative, and community-based organizations assisting noncitizen clients who have been victims of unauthorized practice of immigration law. 

Page last updated: July 6, 2017

This guide is intended to support pro bono attorneys, fully accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Representatives, law students, and paralegals working to prevent the deportation of families who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum and have been ordered removed in absentia by an Immigration Judge (IJ). The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Page last updated: October 3, 2017


Help us gather information

This survey will refer to the person targeted for enforcement as “the family member” throughout and will refer to the child for whom the family member was caring, or intended to care for once the child was released, as “the child.”

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

CLINIC continues to monitor and is considering advocacy and litigation strategies to assist refugees and nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen affected by the “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order. If your organization is serving an affected individual, CLINIC asks that you share the following information to help inform our strategies:

Page last updated: March 7, 2017

Recorded webinars

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was expressly available to people with prior removal orders, as long as they met the policy requirements.

Page last updated: June 19, 2018

CLINIC, along with allies, filed a request for a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arguing that DOJ EOIR violates the human rights of asylum seekers because certain immigration courts within the U.S. system have virtually denied all asylum claims before them. 

Page last updated: July 5, 2017

This webinar covered some best practices in informing your client communities about exposure to enforcement, protection against enforcement, and potential eligibility for immigration benefits.  It addressed: current enforcement priorities (as of 3/13/17); what to cover in a Know Your Rights presentation and how to cover it; what materials to distribute; the potential integration of self-screening or onsite screening by legal providers; and safety planning information. 

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

Learn about what makes Maryland  unique when it comes to contingency planning. Those participating in this webinar will learn how to properly advise resident Maryland families who are facing potential family separation and what measures they should take to care for their children. It considers custody, guardianship, powers of attorney and kinship care affidavits. Ethical issues will also are discussed. Featured speakers are Maryland attorneys Van Doan, Jon Greene, and Michael Stelmack.

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

Resources for public

This report highlights the high rate of unrepresented families with valid asylum claims, features clients’ stories, discusses the obstacles families face in attending their immigration court hearings, explains how the immigration system fails families seeking asylum, and provides policy recommendations for how the Trump Administration and Congress can address these shortcomings.

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

Como el Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, por su sigla inglés) del Departamento de Seguridad Interna (DHS, por su sigla inglés) sigue a hacer cumplir las leyes de inmigración y un creciente número de inmigrantes están sujetos a detención, los defensores no solo tienen que representar a sus clientes en procedimientos de fianza, pero también tienen que asistirlos a recuperar la fianza. Also available in English.

Page last updated: June 12, 2017

Are you expecting a friend or family member to arrive from one of the "travel ban" countries? Tell Airport Lawyer about their planned arrival. Airport Lawyer will share this information with teams of volunteer lawyers.

Page last updated: February 13, 2017

How to get a client’s bond money back, once they’ve been released or deported is just one of the questions arising in the cases of families who have had their asylum merits cases scheduled on a fast track.

Page last updated: June 18, 2018

News

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The decision May 17 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Matter of Castro-Tum, is deeply troubling, upending decades of settled practice whereby immigration judges used their discretion to “administratively close” some deportation cases in the interest of fairness.

Page last updated: June 14, 2018

CLINIC, along with allies, filed a request for a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arguing that DOJ EOIR violates the human rights of asylum seekers because certain immigration courts within the U.S. system have virtually denied all asylum claims before them. 

Page last updated: July 5, 2017

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - A new program under CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project will provide immigration legal advice and representation to people from countries covered by the Trump administration’s travel ban.

Page last updated: June 19, 2018

Amicus Briefs

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., filed an amicus brief April 27 challenging Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ effort to insert himself into a settled immigration case, the Matter of A-B. The attorney general’s unusual move could result in changes to long-settled immigration policy, making it harder for many asylum seekers -- notably those fleeing religion-based persecution – to obtain protection in the United States.

 

Page last updated: June 12, 2018

Attorney General Sessions requested briefing from amici in the case of Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 187 (A.G. 2018).  In response to this request, CLINIC and Matthew Hoppock filed this amicus brief on February 16, 2018.

Page last updated: June 13, 2018

In response to the June 9, 2016 amicus invitation by the Board of Immigration Appeals on the definition of a minor for purposes of the asylum one-year filing deadline, CLINIC and Public Counsel submitted this briefing arguing that a minor should be defined as youth under 21.   

Page last updated: June 13, 2018

CLINIC, along with Public Counsel, filed this amicus brief on March 7, 2016 in Doe v. Sessions before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Page last updated: June 13, 2018

Catholic Legal Immigration Network asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider its decision in Matter of W-A-F-C, 6 I&N Dec. 880 (BIA 2016) in a Jan. 17, 2017 motion to reconsider.

Page last updated: June 13, 2018

The Board of Immigration Appeals is currently considering the circumstances under which a person may qualify for asylum if they fear persecution on account of their family relationship to another person. CLINIC and Justice for Our Neighbors have offered an amicus brief arguing that family, standing alone, is a ‘particular social group’ as used in asylum law. 

Page last updated: June 13, 2018