Seminar: Litigating Habeas Corpus Petitions for Immigrants in Detention

This training will provide an overview of federal habeas corpus practice and procedure for challenging unlawful immigration detention in federal court, with a focus on practice within the Seventh Circuit. The presenters will discuss the relevant legal background and recent legal developments, provide an overview of the nuts-and-bolts of filing a petition, and give other practice pointers.

GUARDIANSHIP FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

An outline of the instructional videos is listed below. Click on any section to view a short instructional video. All documents described in the training videos can be found in the templates/pleadings section below. POWERPOINTS Training Powerpoint GUIDES Guardianship Clinic Attorney Instructions Flowchart Safety Planning Guide for Undocumented Parents – English – For Public Safety …

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How to Represent a Detained Immigration Client in a Bond Hearing

Attorneys from the National Immigrant Justice Center will train interested attorneys to represent detained immigrants in bond hearings through a new partnership between CVLS, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Chicago Chapter of AILA. This is a short-term pro bono opportunity, as attorneys commit to a limited scope representation of the client for the purposes of the bond hearing only. All cases are heard in downtown Chicago. All cases are pre-screened and eligible for an immigration bond. Guidance and mentorship are available during the case. All are welcome—no prior immigration experience required.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Virtual Pro Bono Clinic

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a pathway to US citizenship for eligible immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. SIJS cases involve two parts: (1) a state court custody or guardianship case that places the child in the legal care of a parent or guardian, followed by (2) an immigration application for SIJS. For these cases, CVLS and the NIJC seek volunteers willing to represent the parents or guardians in uncontested custody and guardianship cases in Cook, Lake, Kane and Will Counties. Once the state court “predicate order” is obtained, the NIJC will take over the case for the immigration application.

Post I-601A: Helping your Clients Navigate Consular Processing to Become Residents

After your client’s I-601A waiver is approved, there are still a number of steps, new agencies, and international travel before your client becomes a resident. This CLE will briefly address filing your client’s application for residency with the National Visa Center, how to get your clients scheduled for an interview abroad at a US consulate, with a particular focus on the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and how to bring your clients home. We will also briefly cover some potential inadmissibility issues clients can encounter at their medical exam or consular interview, which will help you better issue spot when screening clients for possible I-601A waivers.

Complex Issues with U Visas

This CLE will focus on complex U Visas, including how to come up with qualifying crimes that are not necessarily on the I-918B, identifying when your client needs a waiver, and how to overcome your client’s inadmissibility issues.

Asylum: Particular Social Groups

The definition of a particular social group remains one of the most complicated topics in asylum law, particularly in light of recent case law and a federal circuit split. This CLE will begin with a brief overview of 7th Circuit case law, and it will include a discussion of gang-related asylum cases, gender-based asylum claims, and victims of domestic violence. It will also include guidance on how to formulate a particular social group in your asylum case.

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