|Live Event Date: 05/19/2023
On January 13, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a streamlined process for immigrant victims and witnesses of labor violations to seek deferred action and work authorization. Our panel of experts will discuss eligibility for this expedited path to protection, how to identify and assist clients who could benefit from this policy, best practices for navigating the streamlined process, and lessons learned from successful early cases. The AILA ICE Liaison Committee monitors all aspects of the government’s use of prosecutorial discretion and is supportive of this new process.
- Eligibility for labor-based deferred action
- Screening and counseling clients on labor-based deferred action
- Application requirements for labor-based deferred action, including forms and supporting evidence
- Strategies for overcoming negative equities in seeking labor-based deferred action
- Key factors to consider when seeking other related forms of relief for clients
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Mary Yanik (DL), New Orleans, LA
Mary Yanik is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School, where she directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She has been an AILA member since 2017, active in the mid-south region. Professor Yanik received her JD from the Yale Law School (2014).
Jessica Bansal, Legal Director, Unemployed Workers United, Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Bansal is the Legal Director of Unemployed Workers United (UWU). She worked previously as a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, Co-Legal Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Adjunct Professor with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the UC Irvine School of Law, and law clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her JD from Columbia Law School.
Ann Garcia, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Project, Washington, D.C.
Ann Garcia is a staff attorney with the National Immigration Project living in Portland, Oregon. Her work at NIPNLG is focused on holding DHS accountable through advocacy, litigation, and training. Before joining NIPNLG, she ran pro bono projects at CLINIC Legal, practiced removal defense at RAICES, and worked on immigration policy at the Center for American Progress.
Lynn Damiano Pearson, Consulting Attorney, Atlanta, GA
Lynn Damiano Pearson is an immigration attorney with experience in humanitarian relief, removal defense, and appellate advocacy. She is a co-founder of Sur Legal Collaborative, a non-profit organization that works at the intersection of immigrant and worker rights. Currently, she serves as a Consulting Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), where she provides technical assistance and training on immigration matters, including the new labor-based deferred action process.
Bliss Requa-Trautz, Executive Director, Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center, Las Vegas, NV
Bliss Requa-Trautz is the Executive Director of Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center. She has been organizing around worker rights and immigrant rights for over a decade.