• Understanding the immigration Consequences of Criminal Dispositions in Virginia – Ethical & Legal Considerations


    The Immigrant Outreach Committee, in conjunction with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, present a timely CLE addressing ethical and legal considerations of immigration consequences of criminal dispositions in Virginia. This training for Virginia attorneys will serve as a comprehensive introduction to the complex intersection of federal immigration law and Virginia state criminal law. It will cover the heightened ethical duty that criminal defense attorneys owe to non-citizen clients under Padilla v. Kentucky and Zemene v. Clarke to provide with accurate advice about the immigration consequences of criminal charges, as well as a review of key terms and concepts in immigration law, statutory grounds of removability, the newly expanded immigration enforcement priorities, immigration consequences of juvenile delinquencies, and specific strategies for mitigating against the immigration consequences that arise from commonly charged Virginia criminal offenses.

    CLE fee is $100 and will include free Wi-Fi, lunch, and refreshments, as well as pending 4 CLE units (1 of which is ethics).

    *Event co-sponsored by Hogan Lovells US LLP

    Click here to register for this event.

  • Justice for All 2017: Annual Reception


    Join us at Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition's

    Justice for All Live Art and Auction Event

    Please join us for a night of celebration of your continued support of CAIR Coalition and our work to keep families together and ensure equal access to justice for the immigrant communities of the Washington, DC area.

    Tuesday, October 10th 6:00 pm

    Dupont Circle Hotel
    1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW 
    Washington DC, United States 20036


    Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
    Leadership Image Award

    O'Melveny & Myers
    Detained Children’s Champion

    Covington & Burling LLP
    Detained Adult Champion

    Dr. Kate Sugarman
    Community Partner Award

    Jonathan Shapiro, Esq.
    Impacting Justice Award

    Click here to purchase your tickets.

    Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

    Check out a preview of our silent auction items here.

    For more information, please contact Chris Myers at christopher@caircoalition.org.

  • Forks Up Walls Down by Beucherts Saloon

    Last year Beuchert's and some amazing friends hosted an event called "Forks Up Guns Down." We raised over 6,500 dollars to help put a stop to the gun violence in the district. This year we are turning our efforts to helping the many in need of safety and a new start.
    I am reaching out to you to help confront an ever-growing concern in our nation. The legal policies toward immigration reform and refugee aid that once helped shape our nation are threatened at an unprecedented level. My hope is that we can band together to help enact a change.
    I'm reaching out to a Local NPO, the CAIR Coalition. They give assistance to many of those in need through legal aid for children as young as 11 and adults seeking asylum in the United States. They also help families stay together and out of harm's way. With your help, I believe we can multiply our donation potential and bring more awareness to this fight.
    For "Forks Up Walls Down," we are planning a full-charity buyout of Beuchert's Saloon with donation jars on-site for best dish and best punch. We will be working with distributors to get 100% of products donated and every cent we raise will be donated.
    Now the main details:
    What: Food and Drinks from guest Bartenders and Chefs
    When: Sunday September 17th 6-10pm
    Who: All of you giving Friends
    Bobby Pradachith of Thip Khao
    Danny Lee and Scott Drewno of Chiko
    Andrew Markert of Beucherts Saloon
    Christian Irabien formerly of Calavera Cocina Mexicana
    Hamilton Johnson of Honeysuckle
    Mackenzie Conway Of Beucherts Saloon
    Andrea Tateosian of Urbana
    Mick Perrigo of Left Door
    Nate Mann of Room 11
    Christine Kim of Service Bar
    Andrew Gaffken of charm city mead works
    Ian kraft of Free Run Wines
    Music: Gourmet Symphony
  • Pursuing U Visas Under Trump: Advanced Topics & Emerging Issues


    In this interactive training, designed for those doing significant U visa work,  national and local experts will identify and discuss with participants hot topics in U visas,  safety planning to avoid survivor removal, expanding your work with community organizers and others who can help challenge attempts to remove survivors, arguments on challenging removability designed for survivors, learning to do administrative stays, and identifying the steps for filing habeas/TROs to stop survivor removal when these efforts have failed.
    Deepa Bijpuria, Tahirih Justice Center
    Audrey Carr, Legal Services NYC
    Ofelia Calderon, Calderon Sequin PLC
    Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA Immigration Assistance
    Abigail Moyer, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition        
    Gail Pendleton, ASISTA Immigration Assistance
    Susannah Volpe, Ayuda


    • Interactive Case Rounds: In this interactive exercise, participants will be able to strategize on complex scenarios that may arise in U visa cases, including framing a U visa case, addressing problems that arise after filing, preparing a case for U adjustment, and creative ways to handle back-logged cases.
    • Hot Topics: This panel will discuss emerging practices for addressing adjudication trends in U visas, including framing and responding to RFEs and denials of the 212(d)(14) national and public interest inadmissibility waiver, flagging and fixing reinstatement and failure to voluntarily depart, and creative strategies for U visa applicants in detention and/or removal.
    • Overview: Protecting Clients Against Removal This panel will discuss how to protect your survivor clients in the new enforcement atmosphere, including practical tips on immigration safety planning with survivors, using political and community organizing strategies to help advance and protect the rights of your U visa applicants, and advocacy strategies with DHS to hinder U applicant removals.
    • Skills Building to Prevent Removal:  What, When, How? In this panel experts will discuss details of how to identify and plan for filing stays of removal and potential federal court habeas/TRO actions to prevent removal.
    • Applying the Skills:  What to do when removal threatens?

    Participants will divide into small working groups and strategize on the preparation of stays of removal, habeas/TRO petitions, and other action plans for preventing removal.
    Prices and Registration

    • $200 Legal Worker/Non Profit (includes ASISTA members who are non profits)
    • $250 ASISTA or NIPNLG Member
    • $300 Private Attorney

    Keep your eye out for further agenda details. 6.25 of Virginia CLE credit will be applied for separately.

    For any questions, please contact ahlam@asistahelp.org

  • Training: Bond and Custody Proceedings in Immigration Court


    CAIR Coalition and CABA Firms in Service invite you to a training on BOND & CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS IN IMMIGRATION COURT presented by Rachel Jordan and Saba Ahmed, CAIR Coalition. To RVSP, contact Tanishka Cruz at tanishka@justice4all.org.


  • Panel Discussion: League of Women Voters of the DC


    Panel Discussion:

    A Progressive City in a New Political Era

    The District of Columbia is one of the most progressive cities in the country.  The recent changes in the political climate put our progressive policies and programs at risk. Many of us are concerned about protecting DC laws, DC values, and DC residents.

    Our panelists will discuss the potential impact on key issues including Education, Health Care and Immigration and how we can support our community.

    CAIR Coalition's Nithya Nathan-Pineau will be serving as a panelist.

  • A Training and Discussion on the Disproportionate Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions


    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 Convictions
    Monday, March 27, 2017
    4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Georgetown University Law Center
    McDonough Hall Room 156
    Noncitizens 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) Coalition
    Adina Appelbaum (L’15) Equal Justice Works Fellow, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition
    Adina 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 pwg7@law.georgetown.edu.
  • Charity Happy Hour: Viator x CAIR Coalition!


    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.

    RSVP on Facebook here.

  • Teach-in on Immigration


    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.

    RSVP on Facebook here.


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