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Handout: Democratizing the Law

  • By: Justice Power
  • Date: 12/09/21

This is the handout for the December 2021 webinar by Justice Power on legal empowerment. 

Broken Promises: Limits of Biden's Executive Order on Private Prisons

  • By: Detention Watch Network and Project South
  • Date: 12/03/21

As a Presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to end the use of private prisons in federal incarceration and immigration detention claiming “that the federal government should not use private facilities for any detention, including detention of undocumented immigrants. This report provides an overview of progress towards that unfulfilled promise and outlines the steps the administration must take to end the federal use of private prisons and phase out the use of immigration detention entirely.

Handout: Navigating the Afghan SIV Process

  • By: International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Date: 12/02/21

A PDF of the December 2, 2021 webinar.

Practice Advisory for Immigration Attorneys: The Biden Administration’s Final Enforcement Priorities

  • By: ILRC, IDP, NIPNLG
  • Date: 12/01/21

This practice advisory addresses the Biden Administration's most recently released enforcement priorities, which supercede previous, more temporary administrative guidance documents.

Pro Bono Attorneys Needed Overseas for Afghans - Expenses Paid

  • By: American Bar Association
  • Date: 11/24/21

The ABA’s Afghanistan Response Project Working Group seeks pro bono attorney(s) willing to travel to North Macedonia to provide legal counsel to 26 family units of Afghan evacuees (comprising 101 individuals). Remote provision of assistance may also be possible. The individuals are staff and dependents of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a longtime ABA partner international non-governmental organization (NGO) that worked to promote democracy in Afghanistan before the current crisis. These staff and dependents were evacuated by NDI to North Macedonia from Afghanistan based on the acute and profound risk they face based on this work by a US-based organization.

Volunteers’ accommodations, travel, and all logistical arrangements would be assumed by ABA ROLI’s partner, with no cost to the individual(s).

Profile of Pro Bono Legal Specialist

The pro bono legal specialist should be familiar with the applicable law and processes for refugee claims, including through US pathways (humanitarian parole and P1/P2 claims); the UN refugee process; and other national resettlement options (e.g. Canada, other European countries). Ideally, volunteer(s) would have experience assisting refugee clients. Volunteers need not have any familiarity with North Macedonian law, but ABA ROLI will connect with domestic legal professionals as necessary to advise on the individuals’ current legal status and potential avenues as asylum seekers.

Scope of Assignment

The ideal volunteer would be willing and able to travel to Skopje, North Macedonia, for one to two weeks to meet with the individuals and provide them with tailored information based on their specific circumstances. Lodging and working space would be provided in the hotel at which the individuals are housed. The international NGO’s staff and ABA ROLI would provide full support on-the-ground, as well as with all preparation, travel, and logistical arrangements.

Timing and Further Considerations

This opportunity is urgent given the individuals’ temporary status in North Macedonia. With immense appreciation given the imminent holiday season, ABA ROLI ideally seeks volunteers willing to travel as soon as possible.

The period of deployment is flexible and remote working conditions would be possible for those unable to commit full-time to a pro bono assignment for the full period. Accommodations and working space would be provided in a reputable international hotel in Central Skopje.

North Macedonia is currently categorized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a Level 4 COVID-19 risk country. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry. No quarantine requirements are currently in place for travelers arriving from the United States. Official guidance on COVID-19 in North Macedonia can be found here: https://mk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.

Next Steps

Interested individuals should contact AfghanistanResponse@americanbar.org for further information/questions as soon as possible. If individuals have expertise in the area of law and are interested in the opportunity but unable to travel at this time, please also be in touch.

Defund the Surveillance Dragnet: A Conversation on How We Ground Our Work in Our Abolitionist Values

  • By: Just Futures Law
  • Date: 11/24/21

For those who weren’t able to attend the 11/18/21 webinar, find the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbVP2ZSrrSs.

Just Futures Law also released their policy platform yesterday, Defunding the Dragnet. You can check it out here: https://bit.ly/SurveillanceFreeFutures. We’re excited to share the full platform with you all. Our hope is that this document promotes a decarceral, anti-deportation, and surveillance free-agenda, and is used by organizers and policymakers who are actively working to reduce surveillance and criminalization.

Lastly, we are sharing all the amazing resources that our panelists provided during yesterday’s webinar below.

- Our Data Bodies is essential reading: https://detroitcommunitytech.org/?q=content/our-data-bodies-digital-defense-playbook, https://www.odbproject.org/
- Law students protest over LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters ties to ICE https://thehill.com/policy/technology/575147-law-schools-pressured-to-cut-ties-with-research-firms-over-ice-cbp?rl=1
- Who’s an “expert”? Recent report from Meredith Whitaker on how academia is overly influenced by corporate influences. https://interactions.acm.org/archive/view/november-december-2021/the-steep-cost-of-capture
- Data for Black Lives Data capitalism project, check it out! https://datacapitalism.d4bl.org/
- Data for Black Lives introduction to #NoMoreDataWeapons. https://blog.d4bl.org/introducing-nomoredataweapons/ Explainer slides for some of the data weapons are on our instagram (@data4blacklives)
- Mijente’s No Tech for ICE resources: www.notechforice.com
- Mijente’s Report on digital surveillance at the southwest border: https://notechforice.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Deadly.Digital.Border.Wall_.pdf
- MediaJustice’s #NoDigitalPrisons and other work: https://mediajustice.org/issue/high-tech-policing/, https://mediajustice.org/campaign/nodigitalprisons-challenging-e-carceration/
- Other e-carceration resources:
More info on Libre by Nexus below, a reminder that electronic monitoring in immigration is about profits not about decreasing people in detention https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/22/cfpb-sues-immigration-services-company-for-allegedly-preying-on-detainees.html
Freedom To Thrive report: http://welcometocup.org/Projects/MakingPolicyPublic/FreedomToThrive
JFL, Mijente’s report on ICE’s e-carceration programs: https://www.flipsnack.com/justfutures/ice-digital-prisons-1u8w3fnd1j/full-view.html

Travel Advisory

  • By: The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit, New York City
  • Date: 11/22/21

Questions and answers to help immigrants decide whether it's safe to leave the United States and come back without causing immigration problems.

Disaster Legal Aid Resources for Immigrant Advocates

  • By: UFW Foundation, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Jeremy Jong of Al Otro Lado, and Immigration Advocates Network
  • Date: 11/19/21

A slide linking disaster legal aid resources from California, Houston, and New Orleans, to help immigration lawyers and advocates. For more information, go to the Practicing Law Institute at https://www.pli.edu/

Immigration in a Biden Administration - Afghanistan

  • By: Penn State Law
  • Date: 11/18/21

This page contains links to specific resources that may be helpful for Afghan refugees and their lawyers, including video trainings.

Immigration Court Backlog Nears 1.5 Million Cases

  • By: TRAC
  • Date: 11/15/21

Including nearly 50,000 new deportation cases filed in Immigration Court in just October 2021, the total pending cases in the Immigration Courts now reaches 1,486,495 according to TRAC's updated Quick Facts tools. Immigration Judges completed 21,154 cases in October, less than half of the total new cases coming into the courts, which means the total backlog continues to grow each month.

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