AC22: Truth to Power: Structural Racism in Immigration Law (Bias)

AC22: Truth to Power: Structural Racism in Immigration Law (Bias)

Release Date: 6/15/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
MP4 60 min. Yes

There is growing awareness of how historical and structural racism in the United States affects us all. Immigration law is no exception, as its very roots are steeped in racial inequities. The experts on this panel will advise on how to navigate the challenges immigration practitioners face, particularly in this time of heightened racial polarization in America, in representing clients within a legal system fundamentally stacked against them from the outset.

  • A Brief History of Racism in Immigration Law
  • Current Racist Structures in Immigration Law: Adjudicatory and Prosecutorial Discretion, Asylum and Refugee Processing, Immigration Detention, Monitoring and Policing of Immigrants, How Bond Is Set
  • Targeting and Surveillance of Black, Muslim, and Asian Immigrant Communities
  • How Traditional Immigration Lawyering Often Furthers Racist Bias, Challenging This in Everyday Practice
  • Building Relationships: Working with BIPOC Attorneys, Immigration Advocates, and Activists to Fight Structural Racism and Create Opportunities for Repair

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  • AILA applies for accreditation upon attorneys’ request after participation for the following states: AR, DE, IA, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, OR, TN and WY. Programs are typically approved.
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  • The OnDemand Recording format does not qualify for CLE credit in the following jurisdictions: MO and PR. Please note that your jurisdiction may limit OnDemand credit based on the date of the original presentation. View the OnDemand Downloadable Expiration Chart for more details.

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