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Advancing Universal Representation: Implementing the Vision

  • By: The Vera Institute of Justice, Center for Popular Democracy, and National Immigration Law Center
  • Date: 04/14/21

This report draws from best practices and lessons learned from legal services providers, advocates, and government leaders about designing, implementing, and expanding local and state-funded universal representation programs. It includes recommendations for how to design and fund programs that provide zealous, person-centered representation for all – covering topics such as program design, collaboration between local partners, funding and payment models, shifting organizational and courtroom culture, and staffing and managing legal teams.

Determining Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Eligibility

  • By: Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
  • Date: 04/14/21

This practice advisory reviews the general eligibility requirements for DACA, as well as issues advocates should look out for when determining eligibility.  There has been a lot of interest from community members and advocates in the DACA program since the program was reinstated by a federal court for DACA initial applications in November of 2020. This advisory offers information to guide advocates as they determine eligibility.

Trauma Responsive Lawyering Virtual Training Series

  • By: New York State Office of Victim Services, NYU, NYLAG and Columbia University
  • Date: 04/02/21

Recording links from the New York State Office of Victim Services' Trauma Responsive Lawyering Virtual Training, offered earlier this year to legal advocates from OVS-funded organizations. These virtual training recordings are led by mental health and legal experts who serve interpersonal violence (IPV) survivors and their families.

Webinar Handout: Working with API Immigrant Survivors: Current Challenges and Advocacy Strategies

  • By: Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, ASISTA, Center for Survivor Agency & Justice
  • Date: 04/01/21

A PDF of the presentation for the April 1, 2021 webinar. 

Quick Guide: EAD Eligibility for Asylum Applicants

  • By: ILRC
  • Date: 04/01/21

This advisory provides a summary of the rules and the preliminary injunction currently in effect for members of Casa de Maryland (CASA) and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP). The end of this advisory contains a helpful chart for quick reference, outlining current eligibility requirements for an EAD based on a pending asylum application, and which provisions are temporarily enjoined by the case Casa de Maryland v. Wolf, No. 8:20-CV-02118-PX, 2020 WL 5500165 (D. Md. Sept. 11, 2020), for certain organizational members.

The Invisible Wall: Title 42 and its Impact on Haitian Migrants

  • By: Haitiian Bridge Alliance, The Quixote Center, UndocuBlack Network
  • Date: 03/25/21

"On February 1, 2021, the first day of Black History Month, the U.S. government drastically expanded removals and expulsions to Haiti. Rather than dismantle the Trump Administration’s invisible wall, the Biden-Harris Administration doubled down. More Haitians have been removed per the Title 42 policy in the weeks since President Joe Biden took office than during all of Fiscal Year 2020. The Report provides the narratives of Haitian families who were apprehended at the U.S. Mexico border within the last year under the Title 42 policy and were subject to expulsion to Haiti or Mexico."

Practice Advisory for Immigration Advocates: The Biden Administration’s Interim Enforcement Priorities

  • By: Immigrant Defense Project
  • Date: 03/25/21

Immigration practice and strategies for seeking prosecutorial discretion from ICE in custody decisions, removal proceedings, and other contexts.

USCIS Policy Manual Makes Sweeping Changes to Discretion

  • By: ILRC
  • Date: 03/19/21

In 2020 and 2021, USCIS changed its interpretation of discretion in adjudication of immigration benefits in three separate releases of policy manual guidance.[i] These chapters add voluminous positive and negative discretionary factors that adjudicators are instructed to analyze in more than a dozen types of immigration benefits, including many categories of employment authorization, adjustment to permanent residence, temporary protected status and change of status applications.

This practice advisory will summarize the new guidance on discretion, begin to prepare practitioners to respond to the requirements, and offer a basis to challenge them by pointing out the legal errors.

SIJ Policy Alert (USCIS))

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 03/18/21

According to the update, USCIS will not:

  • Refuse to consent to a request for SIJ classification because the state court did not sufficiently consider evidence of the petitioner’s gang affiliation when it decided whether to issue a dependency order or when it determined that it was not in the best interest of the child to return to their home country;
  • Use our consent authority to reweigh the evidence the juvenile court considered when it issued the dependency order; or
  • Revoke a petition for SIJ classification because the state court did not consider the petitioner’s gang affiliation when it made its best interest determination.

DHS Announcement re Public Charge Rule (March 9, 2021)

  • By: Department of Homeland Security
  • Date: 03/10/21

Today, DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the government will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule as doing so is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources.

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