The Untold Story of Immigrant Detention in Minnesota and What You Can Do

Event Description

American Immigration Lawyers Association,
MN/Dakotas Chapter - Pro Bono Committee
MSBA Immigration Section
Ballard Spahr LLP

This CLE will provide an overview of immigration detention generally, and discuss the disturbing realities surrounding immigration detention in Minnesota. Presenters will discuss the legal basis for ICE detention, the general framework of the immigration detention system in Minnesota, issues and trends specific to asylum-seekers and trafficking victims in Minnesota, emergency preparation and pro se help with collateral matters for immigrants at risk of detention, the realities and trauma experienced by immigrants in detention, and issues that immigrants face post-detention. Presenters will also provide information about how attorneys, paralegals, and others can volunteer to help immigrants and refugees in Minnesota who are facing detention or have other immigration-related needs. 

IDS Tower, 3rd Floor Conference Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Anne Applebaum | Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Pro Bono Director
Anne Applebaum is the Pro Bono Director at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. She has been in that role for eight years, overseeing ILCM’s volunteer attorney programming and working with clients on a range of immigration law matters.

Colleen Beebe Purisaca | Volunteer Lawyers Network, Manager/Attorney Immigrant Legal Services Program
Colleen Beebe Purisaca is the Manager/Attorney, Immigrant Legal Services Program at the Volunteer Lawyers Network. She has worked on immigration matters for over 34 years as a volunteer, accredited representative and lawyer through several legal aid and human rights organizations.

Sarah Brenes | Advocates for Human Rights, Director, Refugee and Immigrant Program
Sara Brenes is the Director of the Refugee and Immigrant Program, at the Advocates for Human Rights. Sara has worked in the area of immigration law and human rights for over 10 years. In her role at Advocates, she represents refugees seeking asylum, detainees, and people with various immigration issues. She leads efforts to recruit, train, and support volunteers attorneys who represented represent refugees and immigrants.

Alison Olson Cox | MMLA, Managing Attorney
Alison Olson Cox is the Managing Attorney for the Immigration Law Project at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. She has been with MMLA for over eleven years and has handled a wide variety of immigration matters including complex naturalization cases, court representation, and immigration benefits for survivors of domestic violence.

Siv Dobrovolny | Standpoint, Youth Labor Trafficking Attorney
Siv Dobrovolny is currently the Youth Labor Trafficking Project Attorney at Standpoint. She started representing trafficking clients in 2006 and in her current role she provides both direct representation and manages a pool of pro bono attorneys.

Steve Kraemer | Conversations with Friends, Director
Steve Kraemer was a member of the first visit team of Conversations with Friends (CWF) in March 2011 and became Director in 2016. In addition to visits at the Freeborn and Carver County jails, other CWF programs include pen pals, attendance at immigration hearings and safe release from ICE.

Michelle Rivero | City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Director
Michelle Rivero is the Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) for the City of Minneapolis, an office within the Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations which was established in 2018 with the mission of assisting the City of Minneapolis to develop strategies and programs to welcome, support, inform, integrate and defend our immigrant and refugee communities. More information about OIRA can be found here:

CLE Credits:

2.0 Standard CLE Credits approved | Event Code: 278754


Free for all attendees.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is not available.

Registration deadline: October 16, 2019

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Friday, October 18, 2019

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

3rd Floor Conference Room / Ballard Spahr Minneapolis, MN United States