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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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.
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.
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