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A New Tool for Immigration Relief? Witness Protection under the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UN-TOC)

June 28, 2012
Audio Seminar

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This 90-minute audio seminar was originally presented, June 28, 2012, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time

The UN-TOC guarantees “witness protection” for individuals who have served as witnesses in criminal prosecutions. This is an advanced discussion for practitioners pushing to expand the use of this treaty into the immigration arena.

  • Application of Asylum Principles to Witness Protection
  • Limitations on "Witness Protection" before the EOIR
  • Potential Use of Habeas Corpus for Witness Protection
  • Exhaustion of Remedies and Regulatory Requirements
  • Consideration for Prosecutorial Discretion


Matthew Hoppock (dl), North Kansas City, MO
Matthew Hoppock is an associate with Dunn & Davison, LLC, representing businesses and individuals in civil litigation, including complex asylum-related litigation and appeals. His appellate work includes precedent decisions in Gatimi v. Holder and Marin-Rodriguez v. Holder. He is the president-elect of the Kansas Bar Association's Immigration Law Section and an active member of the Kansas/Missouri AILA Chapter.

Rex Chen, Newark, NJ
Rex Chen is the managing attorney at Catholic Charities of Newark. He has extensive experience with litigating suppression motions in immigration court, the BIA, and the Third Circuit. He manages a confidential joint defense wiki where lawyers collaborate on suppression motion strategy and research. He also litigates and has given presentations about pre-hearing discovery, protections for informants, and using international law in immigration court. He is a board member of the National Immigration Project.

Stephanie Izaguirre, Colorado Springs, CO
Stephanie Izaguirre first became interested in immigration law while working for the State Department at the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law, graduating and passing the North Carolina bar in 2005. She has worked for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, primarily as an adjudications officer, before leaving to go into private practice in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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The "Witness Protection & UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime" audio seminar takes place Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the times noted below:

2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time
1:00 pm-2:30 pm central time
12:00 pm-1:30 pm mountain time
11:00 am-12:30 pm pacific time

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