Immigration Collaborative

Getting Off the Assembly Line: Overcoming Immigration Court Obstacles in Individual Cases

With refugees and other immigrants facing rapidly escalating challenges, the Appleseed Network released a major new resource to help new and experienced attorneys navigate the complicated U.S. immigration court system and save immigrants from deportation, exile and persecution. The new Practice Guide, titled “Getting Off the Assembly Line: Overcoming Immigration Court Obstacles in Individual Cases,” is a product of the Immigration Justice Collaboration of Appleseed. The Guide provides an overview of immigration court proceedings, as well as specific sections on working with clients in detention, obtaining client documents from the government, pre-hearing communications with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dealing with interpretation and videoconferencing challenges and reporting immigration judge and DHS attorney misconduct. The Guide also provides several template and sample documents to assist attorneys in these cases. To learn more, please download the full report.


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Steven Schulman, Akin Gump 202-887-4071
Malcolm Rich, Chicago Appleseed 312-988-6552
Bert Brandenburg, Appleseed 202-347-7960

Appleseed Immigration Collaborative is a project of the Chicago, Texas, South Carolina, Nebraska and National Appleseed Centers and Akin Gump
Authors:
Malcolm Rich, Executive Director of Chicago Appleseed
Bert Brandenburg, President, Appleseed
Steven Schulman, Marla Axelrod, Andrew Casillas, Richard Cella, Nicholas Gregory, Amy Poyer and Rebecca Rosen. Pro Bono Counsel to Appleseed, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation

As millionLatino Childs of immigrant families face fear and uncertainty, Appleseed is updating its 2012 manual, “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation.” This one-of-a-kind resource is designed for immigrants and those who work with them: the host of attorneys, nurses, social workers, religious workers who are stepping up in challenging times. Appleseed’s manual will help families develop plans in advance to deal with critical financial and family issues in the event of deportation, arrest and other emergencies. To access all of the chapters and preview those about to be released, visit the online Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation Manual.

Chapter 1: Child Custody (released 3.14.17) reviews custody issues facing immigrant parents and offers guidance on protecting parental rights before, during, and after deportation
Chapter 2: Assets and Benefits for Minor Children
Chapter 3: Enhancing Safety in Public Schools provides guidance to help parents safeguard their privacy, prevent bullying/harassment and to help school officials consider how they can recognize and address concerns.

Our collaborative is working to gather key resources for attorneys and advocates to protect children affected and impacted by deportation. As we collect Power of Attorney/Guardianship forms and reference links for each state, as well as tools relevant across the US and Mexico, we’ll post them below. Please bookmark this site and return often. To report broken links or share updates, please contact assistant@appleseednetwork.org.


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