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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.

Can You Hear Me Now? Attorney Perceptions of Interpretation, Technology, and Power in Immigration Court

  • By: Center for Migration Studies / Maya P. Barak, University of Michigan
  • Date: 11/10/21

Drawing upon criminology, legal sociology, and linguistics, this study finds profound improvements are needed to ensure due process in the nation's immigration courts, including:

  • Elimination of telephonic and videoconferencing in all but extreme circumstances.
  • Modernization of telephonic and videoconference technology.
  • Improvement of interpreter standards and working conditions.
  • Education of attorneys, judges, and interpreters regarding challenges inherent to courtroom interpretation and technology.

Lawsuit challenging Matter of ZRZC

  • By: NILA, NWIRP and the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin
  • Date: 11/08/21

NILA, NWIRP and the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin filed a putative nationwide class action challenging USCIS’ adoption of ZRZC as agency-wide policy. The plaintiffs are TPS holders who traveled with authorization after 8/20/2020 and seek to adjust their status before USCIS. You can find the complaint at the link below.

Encouraging and Facilitating Pro Bono Legal Services

  • By: EOIR
  • Date: 11/05/21

Pro bono attorneys, authorized legal service providers, and law school clinics perform an invaluable public service by educating otherwise unrepresented individuals, assisting them in the preparation of their cases and providing direct representation. The agency therefore welcomes and encourages pro bono representation, and Immigration Judges and court staff should accommodate and facilitate pro bono representation as much as practicable within the scope described by this Director’s Memorandum (DM), as well as in consideration of other agency guidance and applicable law and regulations.

This DM replaces PM 21-08, Pro Bono Legal Services (Dec. 10, 2020).

Community Legal Advocates (webinar handout)

  • By: Justice Power and IAN
  • Date: 11/04/21

Handout to the November 4th webinar from IAN and Justice Power

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