Immigration Committee Training

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 11:00am

Opportunity to Help Undocumented Children in Immigration Court Win the Right to Counsel

We are looking for volunteers to help undocumented children win the right to counsel in immigration proceedings. The National Lawyers Guild's Immigration Committee, through its Court Watch Program, is working with the ACLU and Public Counsel to help determine whether unrepresented indigent children have the same opportunity to prevail in their asylum cases as do those with counsel.   We are sponsoring a two-hour training session for lawyers, law students, legal workers, and community activists, which will be held at the ACLU of Southern California, 1313 West 8th Street, Los Angeles 90017, on November 6 from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. You will learn to complete questionnaires for children who lack representation in the Los Angeles Immigration Court. 

The completed questionnaires will then be completed under the direction of attorneys at the ACLU and Public Counsel and given to the ACLU to use in their pending court case of J.E.F.M. v. Lynch which seeks a ruling that would require the government to provide free counsel to minors in immigration proceedings. 

More information on the case is available at:  https://www.aclu.org/cases/jefm-v-holder.

Participants must commit to attend a minimum of four half-day court sessions in the Los Angeles Immigration Court in downtown Los Angeles.  It is crucial that interested Court Watchers attend this training since this case is time sensitive, and this specific Court Watch program ends in early January 2016.  For more information about this opportunity, please contact Gary Silbiger at gsilbiger@juno.com or (310) 837-2667.

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