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DCCV staff members Enid, Claudia and Maryan

Concerned people worldwide observe Nov. 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, bringing attention to the stories of women like Preeta Gabba, Barbara Giomarelli and H.T.

Gabba, from India, and Giomarelli, originally from Italy, were among the 24 women known to have died in Maryland between July 2013 and June 2014 as a result of domestic violence.

The plight of woment such as Gabba and Giomarelli are the focus of the U.N.-designated observance, which marks the start of 16 days of activism preceding Human Rights Day, Dec. 10.

Q. My client is the beneficiary of a fourth preference petition filed by his U.S. citizen sister. The priority date is current on the November 2015 Visa Bulletin Chart B, Application Filing Dates. The family is eligible to file for adjustment of status under 245(i). There is a derivative daughter who is going to turn 21 next month. The Chart A, Final Action Date, is not current. The I-130 petition was pending for six months before it was approved. Are we safe in filing the derivative child’s adjustment of status application? Will her age be frozen upon filing for adjustment?

On October 30, 2015, Attorney General Loretta Lynch certified two cases to herself from the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Invoking her power to personally interpret the immigration laws, the Attorney General is using Matter of Chairez & Sama, 26 I&N Dec. 686 (A.G. 2015), to weigh in on a question that has been dividing courts for the past two years: whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Descamps v. United States, 133 S. Ct.

On November 9th the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the preliminary injunction that has halted implementation of the Administration’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and the expanded version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The outcome was expected, given the political make-up of the three-judge panel and their earlier rulings in the case.

On November 4-5, 2015, CLINIC conducted its 17th annual Family-Based Immigration Law Conference in El Paso, followed by a tour of the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez on November 6. The conference included a session on health-based inadmissibility with participation by Ciudad Juarez panel physicians and a Fayetteville, AR civil surgeon. It also included our customary session on consular processing updates with participation by consular officers. Highlights from these workshop sessions, as well as from the tour of the Consulate, are described below.