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Pro Bono Mental Health Manual

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  • Practice Manual for Pro Bono Attorneys Representing Detainees with Mental Disabilities in the Immigration Detention and Removal System (2nd Ed.)

    Current Version: January 17th, 2013 Originally Posted: January 17th, 2013

    (Revised and Updated for 2013) This Practice Manual is designed to help attorneys represent aliens who have mental health issues throughout the immigration detention and removal (deportation) process. The inherent complexity of the immigration legal process and stress of detention presents problems to all detained aliens, but especially to those with mental health issues. As this Practice Manual is designed as a practical guide for attorneys to navigate the labyrinthine immigration system, it is not exhaustive. Particularly on specific legal points, we urge practitioners to consult experience immigration attorneys and the supplemental materials referenced throughout the manual.

  • Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 1-10

    Current Version: May 29th, 2009 Originally Posted: May 29th, 2009

    Includes:

    Appendix 1: INS Detention Standard Medical Care Form

    Appendix 2: ICE/DRO Detention Standard Medical Care

    Appendix 3: Sample Requests for Medical and Mental Health Records: Letter from G. Pleasants to Columbia Care Center

    Appendix 4: Sample Requests for Medical and Mental Health Records: Letter from G. Pleasants to Columbia Care Center

    Appendix 5: Sample Requests for Medical and Mental Health Records: Letter from G. Pleasants to ICE FOIA Office

    Appendix 6: Sample Requests for Medical and Mental Health Records: Combined Authorization to Disclose Protected Health Information and Other Records

    Appendix 7: Sample Requests for Medical and Mental Health Records: Authorization for Request or Use/Disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI)

    Appendix 8: INS Healthcare Program Authorization for Disclosure of Information (Form I-813)

    Appendix 9: Division of Immigration Health Services Authorization for Release Confidential Health Information (Form DIHS-003)

    Appendix 10, HIPAA Privacy Authorization Form

  • Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 11-20

    Current Version: May 29th, 2009 Originally Posted: May 29th, 2009

    Includes:

    Appendix 11: ICE Detention Standard Detainee Transfer (June 16, 2004)

    Appendix 12: ICE/DRO Detention Standard Transfer of Detainees

    Appendix 13: Example of Petition for Guardianship: Circuit Court City of Portsmouth – Petition for the Appointment of GL as Limited Guardian for PAL

    Appendix 14: Example of Petition for Guardianship: Virginia Circuit Court of Portsmouth – Supplement to Petition for the Appointment of a Limited Guardian for PAL

    Appendix 15: Example of Petition for Guardianship: Virginia Circuit Court City of Portsmouth – Order (Appointing Limited Guardian)

    Appendix 16: Decision of Immigration Judge US DOJ EOIR NY, NY (Competency)

    Appendix 17: Interim Order of the Immigration Judge, US DOJ EOIR, Arlington, VA (Competency)

    Appendix 18: Decision of BIA, Falls Church, VA, re: Houston, TX file (Competency)

    Appendix 19: Decision of BIA, Falls Church, VA, re: Newark file (Competency)

    Appendix 20: Decision of BIA, Falls Church, VA, re: CA file (Competency)

  • Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 21-30

    Current Version: May 29th, 2009 Originally Posted: May 29th, 2009

    Includes:

    Appendix 21: Decision of BIA, Falls Church, VA, re: San Pedro file (Competency)

    Appendix 22: Competency Motion: US DOJ EIOR, BIA, Respondent’s Appeal Brief In the Matter of RH

    Appendix 23: Competency Motion: US DOJ EOIR, BIA Falls Church, VA, Respondent’s Motion to Reopen

    Appendix 24: Sample Motion to Appoint a Limited Guardian Ad Litem: US DOJ EOIR, Elroy, AZ – Respondent’s Motion to Appoint a Limited Guardian Ad Litem

    Appendix 25: US DOJ EOIR San Diego, CA – Government’s Response to a Motion for Guardian Ad Litem

    Appendix 26: US DOJ EOIR Arlington, VA – Amicus Brief in Support of Respondent’s Right to a Fair Hearing

    Appendix 27: US DOJ EOIR York, PA – DHS Brief in Response to Amicus Brief

    Appendix 28: US DOJ Memo, re: Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

    Appendix 29: US DHS/ICE Memo, re: Prosecutorial and Custody Discretion

    Appendix 30: Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal (Form I-589)

  • Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 31-39

    Current Version: May 29th, 2009 Originally Posted: May 29th, 2009

    Includes:

    Appendix 31: US DOJ EOIR Arlington, VA – Order of the Immigration Judge re: Applications: Withholding of Removal to Colombia

    Appendix 32: BIA Decision, Falls Church, VA re: San Francisco file

    Appendix 33: US DOJ EOIR – Motion and Brief in Support of Respondent’s Request of Relief Under the Convention Against Torture and 8 U.S.C., section 241

    Appendix 34: US DOJ EOIR, Arlington, VA – Respondent’s Pre-Hearing Brief in Support of Deferral of Removal Under Convention Against Torture

    Appendix 35: US DOJ EOIR, Arlington, VA – Memorandum of Law in Support of Application for Cancellation of Removal for Certain Permanent Residents and Withholding of Removal

    Appendix 36: US DOJ EOIR, Arlington, VA – Closing Statement in Support of Respondent’s Application for Cancellation of Removal

    Appendix 37: US DOJ EOIR, Arlington, VA – Decision and Order Granting Cancellation of Removal

    Appendix 38: Article – Past Persecution, Mental Illness and Humanitarian Asylum: Creating the Record to Win the Claim

    Appendix 39: Sample Letter to Embassies re: Request for Lawful Admission


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Practice Manual for Pro Bono Attorneys Representing Detainees with Mental Disabilities in the Immigration Detention and Removal System (2nd Ed.)
Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 1-10
Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 11-20
Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 21-30
Pro Bono Mental Health Manual Appendices 31-39

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