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“Lock ‘Em Up”: Detainers, Secure Communities, and Federal Class Actions

September 20, 2012
Web Seminar

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"Lock 'Em Up": Detainers, Secure Communities, and Federal Class Actions [Web Seminar]

This 90-minute web seminar was originally presented Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

ICE has stated that its top removal priorities are criminal 'aliens,' those posing a threat to the public safety, and repeat immigration violators. The Secure Communities program has been promoted by the agency as a "simple and common sense way to carry out ICE's priorities" through collaboration with local and state law enforcement. However, there has been some outcry and federal court action in relation to this program. Listen to those who have gained a unique perspective through their involvement in recent federal litigation.

  • What is Secure Communities?
  • Detainers and Their Use with Secure Communities
  • What's the Problem?
  • Federal Litigation: Heartland Alliance and Yale Law School


Charles Roth (dl), Chicago, IL
Charles Roth is the director of litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). He focuses on federal litigation, overseeing NIJC’s appellate work and its affirmative litigation. NIJC’s work includes litigation related to detainers and the Secure Communities program.

Julie Mao, New Orleans, LA
Julie Mao is a staff attorney at the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice. She provides legal support to its membership-based project, the Congress of Day Laborers. Her work includes representing members in habeas and 1983 litigation challenging their unlawful detention based on ICE detainers. She also supports members in courageous efforts to defend their civil rights and liberties in the South. Julie graduated from NYU School of Law. Her background is in crimmigration law.

Paromita Shah, Boston, MA
Paromita Shah has served as associate director of the National Immigration Project since 2005, specializing in immigration detention and enforcement. She is a contributing author and co-presenter of the “Deportation 101” curriculum, and has created several immigration enforcement resources for communities and advocates. Previously, Paromita served as detention project director of Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, DC and worked as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services.

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The "Lock 'Em Up": Detainers, Secure Communities, and Federal Class Actions" web seminar takes place Thursday, September 20, 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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