Session Timing:1:00-3:00PM CDT
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, those in immigration detention have shown to be among the most vulnerable of exposure to this potentially life-threatening virus. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to arrest and detain even particularly vulnerable immigrants and has been slow (or refuses) to release individuals despite court orders to reassess their practices. As a result, The Advocates for Human Rights has an increased need for pro bono assistance for parole applications and habeas petitions assistance for immigrants who are in custody. Our COVID-19 Detained Immigrant Project is an extension of the Human Rights Defender Project for bond representation which provides free legal counsel to immigrants who have been detained by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Representation makes immigrants four times more likely to be released from custody than those without counsel.
This training will introduce volunteer attorneys to the basics of bond representation in immigration court, parole requests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and habeas corpus petitions in federal district court. It will also discuss special consideration and factors related to the COVID-19 crisis.
Legal representation is often the determining factor to immigrants being released from custody, a factor which can be a matter of life and death during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can increase representation and safety for immigrants seeking asylum and other legal relief. We hope you can join us and look forward to working with you to change the world for good.