Supporting Stateless Clients

Supporting Stateless Clients

Release Date: 07/31/2024
Recording Available 7-14 Days After Event Date
Format Length CLE Eligible
Video Roundtable 60 min. No

Stateless people are not considered as nationals by any State under the operation of the State's law. Statelessness impacts an estimated 218,000 people in the United States including people left stateless due to gender and racial discrimination, being denied birth registration, and other reasons.

The United States government did not have any policy providing immigration relief to stateless people as such -- until December 2023, when USCIS addressed statelessness in its Policy Manual. Hear from advocates from United Stateless, a national organization led by stateless people living in the United States, to learn about:

  • The experiences of stateless people in the United States
  • How immigration lawyers can identify stateless people
  • The relationship between statelessness and forms of immigration relief including asylum and TPS
  • Using the December 2023 USCIS Policy Manual updates to benefit your clients to access discretionary relief like deferred action and parole in place

AILA Video Roundtables are free interactive learning opportunities hosted by faculty selected for their expertise, with an emphasis on discussion and Q&A. This roundtable is available only to AILA members and is not CLE eligible. The free recording will be available 7-10 business days following the live event.

Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough, Executive Director, United Stateless, Washington, D.C.

Samantha Sitterley, Staff Attorney, United Stateless, Washington, D.C.‚Äč

Betsy Fisher, Pro Bono Counsel, United Stateless, Washington, D.C.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.