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Interview of the Month

AIM: Being a Resource for Your Community

In December’s AILA Interview of the Month, Executive Director of Building One Community Catalina Horak discusses how her organization partnered up with the AILA Connecticut chapter to provide resources to the community.
AILA Doc. No. 17121507

AIM: Fighting for Detained Clients Pro Bono

In November's AILA Interview of the Month, Jim Merklinger, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel, shares how he volunteered and successfully represented a detained client.
AILA Doc. No. 17112137

AIM: Fighting the Trump Administration's Travel Ban

In October's AILA Interview of the Month, Colleen Melody, Chief of the Civil Rights Unit in the Washington State Attorney General's Office, shares her experience in filing a federal lawsuit against President Trump's travel ban and highlights ways immigration lawyers can get involved.
AILA Doc. No. 17101303

AIM: When Hurricanes Hit

AILA member Ruby Powers shares her experiences helping the immigrant community after Hurricane Harvey, and shares what members and communities hit by the hurricanes could use.
AILA Doc. No. 17092837

AIM: Providing Pro Bono Services for Transgender Immigrants

In August's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member and 2017 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award winner Ava Benach shares her experience helping transgender immigrants through pro bono work.
AILA Doc. No. 17082532

AIM: Intersection of Immigration and Trial Litigation

In July's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member Tom Ruge discusses an Indiana Supreme Court ruling of a case the Indiana chapter worked on that protects the rights of injured unauthorized immigrants and makes their immigration status inadmissible at trial in most cases.
AILA Doc. No. 17071939

AIM: Effects of the Travel Ban

In June's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member Diane Butler and her client Murtadha Al-Tameemi share how President Trump's first executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries impacted him.
AILA Doc. No. 17061631

AIM: Collaborating with Local Organizations

In May's AILA Interview of the Month, Georgia-Alabama Chapter Chair Sarah Owings shares how her chapter has worked with local groups to organize collaboratively around important immigration issues.
AILA Doc. No. 17051736

AIM: Advocating Locally

In April's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member Faye Kolly details the latest on Texas Senate Bill 4 targeting sanctuary cities and provides insights on the impact of advocating at the local level.
AILA Doc. No. 17041200

AIM: Living Under 287(g)

In March's AILA Interview of the Month, U.S. citizen Angelica Avila, a resident of Maricopa County, Arizona, shares how the county’s 287(g) policy impacted her and how her fear for her undocumented parents shaped her life.
AILA Doc. No. 17032038

AIM: Fighting for In-State Tuition

In February's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA Past President Charles Kuck provides an update on his lawsuit in Georgia, which pushes for DACA recipients' rights to in-state tuition, and shares why he took the case.
AILA Doc. No. 17021732

AIM: Looking to 2017

In January's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson looks ahead at what 2017 may bring for the immigration community.
AILA Doc. No. 17011060

AIM: Families Detained in Berks

In December's AILA Interview of the Month, CarolAnne Donohoe, one of the leaders of the pro bono efforts helping families at the Berks County Residential Center where mothers and children have been held for up to 15 months, shares her experiences from Berks.
AILA Doc. No. 16121660

AIM: The Gender Wage Gap

In November's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA Treasurer Jennifer Minear shares findings from AILA's Marketplace Study, which shows that a gender wage gap exists in immigration law, just like in many other fields.
AILA Doc. No. 16111630

AIM: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In October's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member and member of AILA's VAWA, Us and Ts committee Robin Dalton recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and shares how immigration lawyers can help immigrants who are survivors of domestic violence.
AILA Doc. No. 16101910

AIM: Celebrating Citizenship Day

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of AILA's Citizenship Day. In September’s AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member Paul Soreff shares how the Washington State chapter's efforts created and expanded Citizenship Day to what it is today.
AILA Doc. No. 16091300

AIM: The National Qualified Representative Program

In August’s AILA Interview of the Month, AILA's San Diego Chapter Chair Andrew Nietor shares his experience with the National Qualified Representative Program and how it could change the way immigration courts handle access to counsel issues.
AILA Doc. No. 16081905

AIM: Advocating for the End of Family Detention

In July’s AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member Stephen Manning discusses what it was like getting the message of ending family detention out to the public through a TEDx Talk in June.
AILA Doc. No. 16071304

AIM: Becoming a Supreme Court Bar Member

In June's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA's Director of Practice and Professionalism reflects on his experiences inside the Supreme Court for United States v. Texas oral arguments and shares what being a member of the Supreme Court bar is like.
AILA Doc. No. 16061304

AIM: How Cities and Immigration Collaboratives Can Work Together

In May's AILA Interview of the Month, Ana Camila Herrera, Managing Attorney, Dolores Street Community Services, shares how renewed funding for the San Francisco Immigration Legal Defense Collaborative will help provide representation to unaccompanied minors and families in immigration court.
AILA Doc. No. 16051806

AIM: The Benefits of DACA

In AILA's April Interview of the Month, DACA recipient and paralegal Alex Alvarado shares his story of how deferred action has impacted his life and why events like AILA's National Day of Action are important to continuing to push for immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 16042130

AIM: Educators Respond to Fear Over Immigration Raids

Dr. Maritza Gonzalez, Director of Latino Affairs for the Prince George's County Public Schools, shares how deportation fears after immigration raids are causing drops in attendance rates at area schools and discusses what the education system is doing.
AILA Doc. No. 16031530

AIM: Training for Immigration Court

In February's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA member Ellen Messali shares how she worked with the Hartford Immigration Court to provide training and mock trials for immigration lawyers who may not have courtroom experience and how other chapters can replicate the success.
AILA Doc. No. 16022405

AIM: Introducing AILA's Executive Director

In January's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA's new Executive Director sits down to share why he got into immigration practice and what he hopes to achieve at AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 16012704

December AIM: Volunteering to Help Syrian Refugees

AILA member Adam Rosser, who recently came back from his second trip to help Syrian refugees abroad, describes his experiences and why he felt it was important to help.
AILA Doc. No. 15121805

November AIM: Stopping Notarios in Washington State

In November's AIM, AILA members and recipients of the Washington State Bar Association's 2015 Award of Merit Manuel Rios and Deborah Niedermeyer discuss winning their lawsuit under the Washington State Immigration Services Fraud Prevention Act and how members can replicate their success.
AILA Doc. No. 15112509

October AIM: Building Trust in the Immigration Community

In October's AILA Interview of the Month, Casa de Esperanza Family Advocate Teresa Burns shares how fear in the immigration community can prevent crime, such as domestic violence, from being reported.
AILA Doc. No. 15102662

September AIM: President Victor Nieblas on his 2015/2016 Agenda

For September's AILA Interview of the Month (AIM), AILA President Victor Nieblas discusses his goals for the 2015/2016 term, including finding an Executive Director, improved liaison, and an end to family detention.
AILA Doc. No. 15092202

August AIM: Looking Back on 15 Years at AILA

In August's AILA Interview of the Month, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams reflects on her career in immigration and her time at AILA before her retirement.
AILA Doc. No. 15081108

July AIM: Writing on the Startup Visa

In July's Interview of the Month, AILA member Tahmina Watson discusses the writing process for her book, "The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth & Economic Prosperity in America," and why she decided to write on this topic.
AILA Doc. No. 15073000

June AIM: Studying Immigration

John Tirman, Executive Director and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Center for International Studies, shares his research on immigration and family detention in June's Interview of the Month.
AILA Doc. No. 15063000

May AIM: Pursuing Business Immigration Litigation

In May's Interview of the Month, AILA member Susan Bond explains why she chose to pursue litigation in her business immigration case and how she used AILA and American Immigration Council resources to move forward.
AILA Doc. No. 15052664

AIM: Immigration and Our Economy

In April's Interview of the Month, Partnership for a New American Economy's Executive Director Jeremy Robbins shares how the Partnership plays a vital role in fighting for immigration reform that benefit the American economy and how AILA members can get involved.
AILA Doc. No. 15042360

AIM: AILA National Day of Action Now and Then

In March's Interview of the Month, AILA Oregon Chapter Chair Nicole Nelson and Cruz Alejandra Trujillo Juarez discuss what AILA's National Day of Action means to them after Alejandra's first trip in 2009 as a DREAMer and what they are looking forward to when they return together this year.
AILA Doc. No. 15032366

AIM: Funding for Unaccompanied Children in Colorado

In February's Interview of the Month, AILA's Colorado Chapter Chair David Kolko discusses how the chapter, together with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), helped the unaccompanied children in Colorado.
AILA Doc. No. 15022362

AIM: Drivers' Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants in California

For January’s Interview of the Month, AILA member and San Diego Chapter DMV committee liaison Shannon Barnes joins to discuss the recent law that went into effect in California, which grants drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants living in the state.
AILA Doc. No. 15012742

AIM: AILA's Year in Review (2014)

For December's Interview of the Month, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams reflects on accomplishments and disappointments from 2014 and looks ahead to what's in store for 2015.
AILA Doc. No. 14121846

AIM: Artesia from a Distance

For November's Interview of the Month, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee and Artesia volunteer Dree Collopy discusses returning from Artesia and taking a case through merits for an Artesia client while being long-distance.
AILA Doc. No. 14112560

AIM: DOMA and Immigration

For October’s Interview of the Month, Clement Lee, staff attorney at Immigration Equality, explains the Defense of Marriage Act in the immigration context. Immigration Equality was AILA's 2014 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award winner.
AILA Doc. No. 14102042

AIM: President Leslie Holman Discusses the 2014/2015 Term

For September's AILA Interview of the Month (AIM), AILA President Leslie Holman discusses her goals for the 2014/2015 term.
AILA Doc. No. 14092943

AIM: Deporting Our Families

In August's Interview of the Month, we're joined by Yuri Gomez to discuss the impact that family deportations has on the U.S. citizen children left behind.
AILA Doc. No. 14082846

AIM: The Pro Bono Challenge

In July's Interview of the Month, we're joined by AILA member and 2014 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award honoree Diane Chappell-Daly to discuss her experience in developing pro bono clinics in her community.

AIM: Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook

In June's Interview of the Month, AILA member and author Ira Kurzban joins us to discuss his experience writing Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook and what he's most looking forward to at AILA's Annual Conference.
AILA Doc. No. 14060560

AIM: The DACA Dilemma

For May's Interview of the Month, immigration attorney and AILA member David Asser and DACA recipient Julio Sepulveda join us to discuss the DACA process and life as a DACA recipient. For more information, visit or download the free Pocket DACA app.
AILA Doc. No. 15050743

AIM: Mental Health and Detention

For April's AILA Interview of the Month (AIM), immigration attorney and AILA member Rebecca Rojas joins us on Skype from Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss mental health and detention.
AILA Doc. No. 14041144

AIM: The Family Separation Penalty

For January's AILA Interview of the Month (AIM), immigration attorney and AILA member Brent Renison joins us on Skype from Portland, Oregon, to discuss his New Year's resolution.
AILA Doc. No. 14010647