Continuing Legal Education

Labor Trafficking for Legal Professionals: Laws & Response

Friday, December 2, 2016
Noon-1 p.m.

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Host: Fredrikson & Byron
200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Mpls., MN 55402-1425

Free

Minnesota has the opportunity to become a national leader in its response to all forms of human trafficking, both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Already, Minnesota provides important safeguards to commercially sexually exploited minors, while holding perpetrators accountable. The same commitment toward victim protection and perpetrator accountability can help address serious forms of labor exploitation, including trafficking.

Minnesota legal professionals will play a vital role in preventing and responding to human trafficking. This CLE will provide basic definitions of human trafficking, including labor exploitation and labor trafficking; help legal professionals recognize indicators of potentially trafficked individuals and the risk factors of victims; and describe appropriate responses when working with potential victims of trafficking. The Advocates will present findings from their recently released report, Asking the Rights Questions: A Human Rights Approach to Ending Trafficking and Exploitation in the Workplace to illuminate the challenges facing victims of labor trafficking in Minnesota.

1 standard CLE credit applied for.

Presenter: Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher

>>Register here

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Ethical Issues in the Practice of Human Rights Law

Friday, December 9, 2016
Noon-1 p.m. 

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Host: Fredrikson & Byron
200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Mpls., MN 55402-1425

Free

Pro bono attorneys may face unique ethical considerations when documenting human rights abuses or representing clients who have experienced human rights violations in other countries. A panel of volunteer attorneys and staff from The Advocates for Human Rights will share their experiences in how they addressed these ethical issues while representing asylum seekers, litigating human rights violations, and conducting fact-finding missions in other countries.

1 Ethics CLE credit applied for

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Asylum Law Introduction for Pro Bono Attorneys

Fri., Jan. 13
9 a.m. - Noon

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The Advocates for Human Rights
First Floor Training Room
330 Second Ave. S.
Mpls., MN

Free

This CLE is for attorneys and support staff with minimal to no asylum experience who are willing to represent a client seeking asylum through The Advocates' pro bono program. This training provides an in-depth introduction to asylum law and procedure, and it reviews the necessary documentary evidence needed for asylum applications. Tips and advice regarding representation of low-income asylum seekers will also be featured. Light refreshments will be available.

3 standard CLE credits will be applied for.

>>Register here.

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Asylum Step-by-Step Training: Focus on Children's Claims Series

Fridays, March 10 & 24
3-5 p.m.
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Host: Lindquist and Vennum LLP
IDS Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room
80 S. 8th St.
Mpls., MN

March 10 Session
This CLE will train advocates to prepare and conduct successful client interviews with children who have experienced significant violence. This training will feature tips, strategies, and clear examples of eliciting relevant facts from a child client for an asylum claim and to transform the child's story into an affidavit that is age-appropriate and persuasive to the adjudicator.

March 24 Session
This CLE will focus on utlizing documentary evidence and supplemental affidavits from witnesses and service proviers to strengthen parts of a client's narrative and bolster a client's legal argument. It will also teach advocates about what to expect during immigration proceedings and how to prepare a chlid client to provide oral testimony during an asylum interview and hearing.

Free.

For each session, two standard CLE credits will be applied for.

>>Register here. You may register for one or both of the sessions.

Remote attendance may be possible. For this option, please email Sarah  Brenes, or call her at 612-746-4684.

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Remote CLE Trainings Available

The Advocates for Human Rights offers a variety of CLEs for attorneys, including remote trainings. Consider these upcoming opportunities. A number of trainings are available for viewing at your convenience.
 
Three-Hour Comprehensive Asylum Basics Training
For attorneys with minimal to no asylum experience who are willing to represent a client seeking asylum through The Advocates' pro bono program. This training provides an in-depth introduction to asylum law and procedure and reviews the necessary documentary evidence needed to file an asylum application. Also provided are tips and advice regarding representation of low income asylum seekers.

Getting the Story Out - Asylum Affidavits Webinar
The Advocates' webinar on drafting your asylum client's affidavit.
 
Asylum Corroboration and Testimony Webinar
The Advocates' webinar on corroborating an asylum application and preparing your client to testify.