Program Strategies for Removal Defense Practice

Course Description

This virtual training provides an introductory overview of how to start and sustain a removal defense program.

Participants will learn:

  • differences between removal defense and affirmative practice;

  • organizational infrastructure needed to provide removal defense services;

  • court etiquette, process, and procedures;

  • caseload selection and balance;

  • service delivery models and scope of service for removal defense;

  • brief introduction to working with clients in detention; and 

  • fundraising and fees (guided interactive brainstorming session).

This highly interactive training will include live sessions along with scheduled time for interactive exercises and open forum discussions on topics covered. Participants will leave with a plan to create or improve their removal defense program.

Training will take place from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Later start time is meant to accommodate our west coast colleagues

Additional Information

Special Accommodations

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this training, please email

Type of Training

Virtual Workshops

Date of Event

Registration Deadline

Training Prices

CLINIC Affiliates - $120

Nonprofit Agency Staff - $130

Private Attorneys and Staff - $200


Guest Speaker

Erika Pinheiro, Al Otro Lado; John Hererra, Catholic Charities of Oregon; Melissa Lopez, Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services; Veronica Barba, Lucas & Barba; Ray Garrido, Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center


Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Payment and Cancellation

Payment by credit card only. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds until one week (7 days) prior to the course start date.