Members of the Ohio Chapter are in Washington for the 2016 National Day of Action. Thanks to all who participated!
Attached is a current list of Cincinnati Field Officers.
USCIS in Columbus has invited AILA members to a meeting on February 24, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. Field Office Director Stephanie Reither and District Director Mark Hansen are hosting the meeting at the USCIS office. The meeting will include a brief presentation by USCIS, followed by questions and answers. Please direct questions and issues you would like USCIS to address to Dave Cook at email@example.com before Friday, February 19. Also, USCIS has asked for an estimate of the number of attendees so please RSVP to Dave if you plan on attending.
Attached are Questions/Answers from the December 14, 2015 Liaison Meeting with CBP Ohio.
Our esteemed colleague Daniel Natalie just confirmed with Tim Ward that the following document containing contact information is correct as of December 9, 2015. Thank you, Dan!
From Brad Ortman, Ohio AILA CBP Liaison:
Attached are the minutes from our meeting in October with Border Patrol. In a first for our chapter, the agency reviewed and approved these minutes, though they did decline to answer a number of the questions we originally provided in July.
Catholic Charities Dioceses of Cleveland, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Ohio AILA, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Clinical Programs, and the Ohio State Bar Association have partnered to create training videos for attorneys who are willing to assist immigrant children pro bono, but who may not be experienced in immigration law.
The webinars below were originally aired as quick webcasts for continuing legal education (CLE) credit by the Ohio State Bar Association on the dates indicated. In the videos, you will see prompts to obtain CLE credit. Please note that CLE credit is no longer available for these webinars.
Webcast originally aired October 5, 2015:
Ohio Custody Orders for Immigrant Children
This webcast will explain best practices for obtaining custody of an immigrant child by someone other than a parent, or by one parent. When an immigrant child is seeking protection under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the custody order must contain special language in order to be accepted by USCIS. These requirements will be discussed as well as arguments supporting why the person seeking custody of the child needs an order to effectuate necessary tasks such as school enrollment, consent for medical treatment, and obtaining a passport.
Webcast originally aired October 16, 2015:
How to file an Asylum Claim for a Child in Removal Proceedings
This webcast will explain which forms must be completed to file an asylum claim for a child in removal proceedings, where to file the forms, examples of what should be included as supporting evidence, and how long adjudication normally takes. This webcast does not include discussion on how to argue for a particular social group in your asylum claim. It is highly recommended that you seek other webinars or consult with experienced practitioners on how to argue for a particular social group before you submit your asylum application.
- Table of Contents for Materials
- Appendix Q – ICE Instruction Sheet for UAC Asylum Applicants
- AILA doc
- OSBA Slides How to File an Asylum Application for Children in Removal Proceedings
We encourage you to view these webinars in conjunction with the additional resources listed below. Representing immigrant children can be complicated, but there are many free resources available to help you.
- NIJC- Several webinars available https://www.immigrantjustice.org/training-webcasts
- CLINIC EJW- Several webinars available https://cliniclegal.org/resources/ejw-webinar-series#w8\
- CLINIC- webinar on how to represent a child in immigration court. This webinar is good at explaining the basics of immigration court for a non-immigration practitioner such as what an NTA is, what a master calendar hearing is, how you plead. https://cliniclegal.org/civicrm/event/info?id=276&reset=1
- NIJC- sample asylum briefs http://immigrantjustice.org/asylum-brief-bank-membership-particular-social-group
If you are interested in taking a pro bono case for an immigrant child in Ohio, please contact Catholic Charities at 216-939-3735.
|UPL||New Mem/YLD||ICE-Northern||USCIS-COL||Event Planner||EOIR||CBP||Advocacy||OCC||PB||Litigation|
|George Fee||Matt Nierman||Dan Natalie||David Cook||Marie Perella Hadden||Scott Bratton||Brad Ortman||Tania Nemer||Wayne Benos||Andrew Bramante||Bryan Hicks|
|Melissa Gawelek||Monica Dorman||Andrew Bramante||Payam Yazdani||Blake Somers
|Jennifer Peyton||Angela Wynn||Cindy Bedrosian||Kathleen Kersh (ABLE)||Scott Bratton|
|Margaret Fibbe||Tania Nemer||Dane Macaskill||Jessica Larson||Taylor Jameson||Jorge Martinez||Abraham Kay|
|Check Hollis||Anshu Anand||Adrianna Coppola||Anna Markovich|
|USCIS-CLE||Melissa Laubenthal and Adriana Coppola|
|Lori Pinjuh||Heather Prendergast|
|ICE-Southern||Nadeen Aljijakli||Amy Bittner||BMV||Essay Contest|
|Jason Darfus||Jessica Larson*||Aleksander Cuic||Laura Jurcevich|
|Mike Tudor||USCIS-CINN||Farhad Sethna|
|Amy Bittner||Blake Somers||Social Media|
|Chris Pogue||Mike Jolic|
George Fee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Nierman – email@example.com
Dan Natalie – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Darfus – email@example.com
David Cook – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Pinjuh – email@example.com
Blake Somers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Perella Hadden – email@example.com
Melissa Laubenthal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Adriana Coppola – email@example.com
Scott Bratton – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Ortman – email@example.com
Tania Nemer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Aleksander Cuic – email@example.com
Wayne Benos – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Bramante – email@example.com
Bryan Scott Hicks – firstname.lastname@example.org
|7:30-8:00||Registration and breakfast
|8:00–8:05||Welcome and thank you from Chapter Chair|
|8:05-9:15||Hot Topics Presented By AILA & AIC Leadership
Maria Baldini-Potermin, Jennifer Minear and Melissa Crow
|9:15-10:00||Trends And Issues In Service Center Adjudications
Terry Weir (TSC), Lisa York (NSC), Matt Stump (VSC)
*Rob Cohen, Moderator
|10:15-11:00||National Visa Center
Director, Phillip T. Slattery
|11:00-12:00||LGBT Issues for Immigration Attorneys
Bryon Large, Paul Castillo
|12:00-12:05||Presentation by Castro & Co., International Tax Attorneys (Vendor)|
|Removal Track||Business Track|
|1:00-2:00||From the Southern Border to the Midwest: Navigating Paths to Asylum Protection
Jenna Peyton, Nadeen Aljijakli, Lisa Koop
Dave Cook, Rob Cohen
Maria Baldini-Potermin, Ava Benach
|Selected Topics in Physician Immigration Law
Jennifer Minear, Khorzad Mehta
Ana Kocur, Deputy Director, EOIR
Riah Ramlogan, Deputy PLA, ICE
David DeWeese, Asst. FOD, Columbus, ICE
Rebecca Adducci, FOD, Detroit, ICE
*Heather Prendergast, Moderator
|Whether an Amateur or Superstar: An Athlete’s Immigration Path Won’t be Without Hurdles to Overcome
Kenneth Robinson, Neil Fleischer
|Ethics: IOLTA, Conflicts, Representation of Minors