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We would like to invite all members of the community to a training/talk on the disproportionate immigration consequences of criminal convictions on March 27th, 2017 from 4-7pm at Georgetown University Law Center, McDonough Hall Room 156. The training will cover mitigation of immigration consequences in criminal court, with a focus on Virginia offenses, and challenges to the classification of state offenses as triggering deportation in immigration court.You are cordially invited to:A Training and Discussion on the Disproportionate Immigration Consequences of Criminal ConvictionsMonday, March 27, 20174:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Georgetown University Law CenterMcDonough Hall Room 156Noncitizens in the criminal justice system face significantly enhanced penalties compared to citizens charged with the same offenses. Even the most minor convictions can have harsh immigration consequences, including prolonged detention, family separation for longtime residents, and deportation to unfamiliar or dangerous countries. These consequences can sometimes be avoided or reduced by timely, accurate advice about the immigration consequences of criminal dispositions. When involvement in the criminal system does trigger removal proceedings, noncitizens are frequently subject to mandatory, no-bond immigration detention and mandatory deportation and often must face immigration court with no representation as there is no right to government-appointed counsel. However, with the assistance of counsel trained in the intersection of criminal and immigration law, noncitizens may challenge the designation of their criminal offenses as triggering deportation under federal immigration law. This talk will provide an overview of the criminal-immigration detention-deportation pipeline, the basics of crim-imm law, defenses against immigration consequences in the criminal system, and challenges to the classification of state offenses as removable offenses in immigration court and through appellate litigation.Rachel Jordan (L’13) Senior Attorney, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) CoalitionAdina Appelbaum (L’15) Equal Justice Works Fellow, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) CoalitionAdina Appelbaum and Rachel Jordan are immigration attorneys at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition working at the intersection of criminal and immigration law to defend noncitizens facing immigration detention and deportation. Through CAIR Coalition's Virginia Justice Program, Adina and Rachel work collaboratively in both the criminal and immigration systems but focus respectively on each system. In the criminal system, Rachel trains and advises indigent criminal defense attorneys across Virginia on defending noncitizen clients from immigration consequences stemming from criminal dispositions pursuant to the 2010 Supreme Court case Padilla v. Kentucky. In the immigration system, Adina heads impact litigation through the Crim-Imm Pro Bono Project to challenge Immigration and Customs Enforcement's categorization of certain state criminal offenses as triggering grounds of deportation and works to increase access to pro bono counsel trained in the intersection of criminal and immigration law.For additional information, please contact email@example.com.
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VIATOR is thrilled to host a happy hour at Petworth Citizen on Tuesday, March 14 from 5 - 7pm. 10% of the proceeds will go to CAIR Coalition, a local nonprofit that works to keep families together by working with and for the immigrant men, women, and children facing detention and deportation.
CAIR Coalition provides legal relief to immigrants detained by immigration enforcement, conducts community know your rights presentations especially during ICE raids, and advocates for immigrants rights in the DMV area and nationwide.
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We're pleased to announce that the next teach-in at Politics & Prose Bookstore will address the urgent issue of immigration. How do we honor our history as a nation of immigrants while also ensuring security in a dangerous and uncertain world? What are the legal, political, economic and social costs to the Trump Administration's plans to build a wall along the Mexican border and restrict arrivals from majority-Muslim countries? How do we protect the rights of immigrants already in our country and strengthen our pluralistic values and traditions? Speakers will include Nithya Nathan-Pineau and Faiza Patel.
Nithya Nathan-Pineau manages the Detained Immigrant Children’s Program at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition - CAIR Coalition, which provides legal services to detained children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Previously, she was a staff attorney at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Project, and also worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Virginia. Faiza Patel is the Co-Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law's Liberty and National Security Program. A frequent media commentator on national security and counterterrorism issues, she has testified before Congress opposing dragnet surveillance of Muslims. Ms. Patel was senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.
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Understanding the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Virginia - Ethical and Legal Considerations
A 3-hour CLE sponsored by the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition and hosted by the Culpeper Bar Association
Friday, January 27, 2017, 4:00pm-7:00pm
This in-depth training will explore the immigration consequences of Virginia criminal offenses, and examine how case law from the US Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Virginia have significantly altered the ethical obligations that criminal defense attorneys in Virginia owe to their immigrant clients. Participants will learn how to identify potential immigration problems that my arise for clients as a result of criminal charges, how to access and use CAIR Coalition's free legal resources to help them analyze their client's case, and how to negotiate plea deals to mitigate against the disporportionate immigration consequences of Virginia offenses.
**2 hours of General MCLE Credits and 1 hour of Ethics MCLE Credit pending approval.
**Approved for Virginia Indigent Defense Commission re-certification pending MCLE approval.
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For questions or concerns, please email Rachel Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On October 20, 2016 CAIR Coalition joined our law firm partners, clients, and fellow advocates to honor those who have championed CAIR Coalition's dedication to immigrants' rights.
Hosted by Jones Day and joined by guest speaker Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, we proudly presented the following awards to honor those who zealously advocate and fight for immigrant men, women, and children facing detention and deportation. We raised over $170,000 thanks to our generous event sponsors and guests who donated and bid on a multitude of silent auction items, including one-of-a-kind paintings.
Law Firm of the Year
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Detained Children’s Champion
Detained Immigrants Champion
Dr. Joseph Gorin
Community Partner Award
Arnold & Porter
Impacting Justice Award
2016 Pro Bono Honor Roll
- Jenna Brofsky, Jones Day
- Vivek Chopra, Perkins Coie
- Naima Farrell, Gibson Dunn
- Patricia Herold, Gibson Dunn
- RL Pratt, Baker Botts
- Ashley Roberts, Baker Botts
- Neo Tran, Kutak Rock
- Jason Zarrow, O'Melveny & Myers
CAIR Coalition thanks all who joined us for this wonderful night of celebration!