LGBTQ+ Asylum: Representing Clients Seeking Safety
May 14, 2019
02:00 PM (ET)
Our expert panelists will discuss the ins and outs of representing LGBTQ+ clients seeking asylum in the United States. They will cover issues specific to LGBTQ+ individuals, including sensitive topics that need to be addressed when representing members of this population—e.g., preferred names and pronouns, dealing with DHS arguments regarding non-discrimination laws, etc. If you represent LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, or if you want to start, this seminar is a must!
- Crafting a Cognizable Particular Social Group Based on the Client’s Sexual and Gender Identity
- How to Deal with Persecution by Private Actors Post-Matter of A–B–
- Contesting DHS Arguments: Home Country Non-Discrimination Laws, Previous Opposite Gender Relationships, Past Sex Work, and Future Admissibility
- Trans-Specific Issues, Including Name and Gender Marker Changes, Ensuring the Adjudicator Refers to the Client Correctly, and Avoiding Detention Due to Safety Concerns
- Trauma-Informed Representation
Denise Hunter is a Staff Attorney representing Whitman-Walker Health patients in immigration, name change, and other related legal matters. She helps screen, train and mentor volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono representation for immigration cases. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker Health in 2015, Ms. Hunter was an immigration attorney at Avuda and Hogar Immigrant Services. Since 2008, she has volunteered and interned with CLINIC’s Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project, CAIR Coalition, Human Rights First, Amnesty International of Poland, World Organization for Human Rights USA, and GW's International Human Rights Law Clinic. Ms. Hunter received my law degree from George Washington University Law School with an award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, and received her bachelor’s degree from Wesley College. I am a member of the Maryland and DC bars.
Chelsea Haley Nelson is a founding partner at HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP, in Oakland, California, and a Certified Immigration Law Specialist with the California State Bar. Her practice focuses on complex removal defense, family based petitions and waivers, VAWA/U/T visas, LGBTQ cases, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Circuit and District Courts. Ms. Haley Nelson serves as counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ immigration program, as a cooperating attorney for the Transgender Law Center on immigration issues, as a mentor attorney and trainer for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights pro bono asylum program, a mentor for the Northern California Rapid Response and Immigrant Defense Network, and co-counsels with pro bono firms representing victims of worksite enforcement raids. Ms. HaleyNelson is on the Board of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) Foundation, and has chaired the Boards of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco-Bay Area chapter’s Immigration Committee, BALIF, and served in various roles in the Northern California chapter of AILA. She is a frequent speaker and author on international human rights of women, LGBTQ individuals, asylum, family-based immigration as well as self-care and competency in practice.
Sarah B. Pitney is an Associate Attorney at Benach Collopy LLP. Sarah joined Benach Collopy after serving as an immigration attorney in Miami, Florida with Todd Law, P.A. She has represented clients in various proceedings on both the detained and non-detained dockets before the Immigration Courts. In addition to her experience in deportation defense, Ms. Pitney has also represented clients in family-based petitions, adjustment of status, waivers, asylum, and naturalization cases.
Joanna Gaughan is an immigration attorney with Gabriela J. Matthews and Associates in Durham, North Carolina. She represents immigrants in removal proceedings, with a focus on asylum. Joanna previously worked as a Staff Attorney at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and as a pro bono coordinating attorney at Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), where she helped provide access to counsel for unaccompanied immigrant children. Joanna earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona. Before becoming a lawyer, she was a public school teacher in Brooklyn, NY, and worked with undocumented Burmese refugees in Thailand.
Note: Due to the nature of the topic, registration for this seminar is limited to AILA members only.
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The LGBTQ+ Asylum: Representing Clients Seeking Safety web seminar takes place Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 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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