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Upcoming Volunteer Trainings
Upcoming Bond Training
On Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 1pm-4pm, there is a free immigration bond hearing training (CLE credits requested) at Robins Kaplan that we strongly recommend volunteers attend. You can sign up here - more information:
No prior immigration experience needed for this bond hearing training. Attorneys will be trained to represent immigrants in these vital hearings after apprehension by immigration authorities. In the face of increased detention, representation at this stage is crucial to success.
Human Rights Defenders Project
As immigration enforcement ramps up, court dockets for detained immigrants will likely increase rapidly, as will the need for monitoring and representation in court. The Minnesota Detention Project already coordinates volunteer immigration lawyers to represent immigrants at initial hearings in Detained Court when immigrants first appear before a judge after apprehension by federal authorities. The Human Rights Defender Project will link you with one of these immigration attorneys that you will shadow at Detained Court. It will also provide you with training to observe court proceedings and document human rights concerns.
- Watch the introductory video presented by Michele Garnett McKenzie, Deputy Director and Advocacy Director at The Advocates for Human Rights:
- Sign up for detained court observation times below. After you sign up, you will be provided with more detailed information.
This project is being coordinated by The Advocates for Human Rights, Robins Kaplan LLP and the UMN Law School Binger Center for New Americans.
Local and national immigrant advocacy organizations working in this area:
Advocates for Human Rights – The Advocates are looking for attorneys to represent asylum seekers whose cases have become more urgent in light of 2017 events. Similarly, they have a need for pro bono assistance for current clients and former clients who have family members affected by President Trumps's Executive Order. If volunteer attorneys are interested in such work they can simply say so in the “Type of case you are interested in:” part of the volunteer registration form. (The Advocates provides training, support, and mentors for attorneys who have not yet taken on these cases previously.)
Immigration Law Center of MN (posting updates on Facebook)
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Volunteer Lawyers Network
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
The Center for New Americans
AILA Minn/Dak (Regional chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association)
National Immigration Law Center
ACLU of Minnesota
International Refugee Assistance Project
Other resources for attorneys rendering pro bono services in this area:
Fastcase has put out a list of immigration resources (including the executive order, recent court orders, and relevant case law and statutes) available here
. (MSBA members have free access to Fastcase
and the listed materials.)
Resources for the Executive Order on Immigration
Lawyers Fighting Civil Rights and Immigration Issues