Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Training to Deferred Action for Labor Enforcement

Mary Yanik (Tulane Law School) and Lynn Damiano Pearson (consulting with NILC) will be facilitating a short and interactive webinar for law students who are helping immigrant workers apply for deferred action for labor enforcement through their law school clinics.

They write:

Many law school clinics are working with community groups and organizers to support these workers through individual representation, mass representation clinics, and everything in between. This is a huge part of the effort to trying to close the immigration representation gap for these workers. In this webinar, we hope to help orient students to the movement work that led to the labor deferred action announcement and how their work on these cases is contributing to building immigrant worker power through organizing!

Please share with your students—any and all students in clinics working on these cases are invited! Faculty welcome, too.

Training for Law School Clinics

Building Power by Supporting Immigrant Workers Seeking Deferred Action

September 15, 2023 | 2-3:30 ET/1-2:30 CT/11-12:30 PT

Register here to get the Zoom link

In January 2023, the Department of Homeland Security issued new guidance creating a "streamlined" process for workers involved in labor disputes to apply for deferred action.  This process protects immigrant workers from retaliation and deportation while exercising their rights to report labor violations. Immigrant workers and labor rights group are increasingly using this tool to build power among immigrant communities and for worker rights in general.  One challenge to achieving these movement goals is the lack of capacity among immigration practitioners to represent all eligible workers.  As a result, law school clinics have been playing a critical role in supporting workers seeking deferred action, both through direct representation and limited legal services models.  This training will provide an brief history of the movement to win the new streamlined process, an overview of the new process, and the nuts and bolts of filing these deferred action applications with USCIS.




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