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Thursday, November 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Defending Immigrant Communities: Building an Interdisciplinary Immigration Practice

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It’s 2019 and immigrant communities around the world are under attack. Legal services organizations throughout the country are increasingly meeting the needs of their communities by developing sophisticated immigration practices. This session lays out how to build – or enhance – a dynamic, effective, and holistic immigration practice in compliance with LSC regulations. Attorneys and a social worker from Legal Service NYC will describe how we grew from just a few immigration advocates to dozens and will provide tips for those starting out and for those who could increase their immigration services. Panelists will share practical strategies for ensuring a culturally and linguistically competent practice. We’ll highlight the importance of having a client-centered, immigrant-led project that truly meets the needs of community members. We’ll share the myriad benefits of including social workers in order to have a true interdisciplinary practice – one that’s trauma-informed, holistic, and wins more cases. We’ll end with concrete tools to assist you with the nuts and bolts of building an excellent immigration practice.


Shelly Agarwala

Director of Intake, Legal Services NYC
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Rex Chen

Legal Services NYC, Immigration Director
Rex Chen is the immigration director for Legal Services NYC. He frequently gives legal trainings around the country on advanced immigration litigation topics. He co-authored a 2015 Vera Institute advisory about termination motions for immigrant children. Before LSNYC, he worked at... Read More →
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Tobi Erner

Brooklyn Legal Services, Senior Staff Social Worker, Immigrant Rights' and Advocacy Project
Tobi is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 12 years of experience working with survivors of interpersonal and structural violence from low-income, marginalized, and immigrant communities. Tobi currently practices in the Immigrants’ Rights and Advocacy Project at Legal... Read More →

Stephanie Taylor

Brooklyn Legal Services, Director, Immigrants' Rights & Advocacy Project
Stephanie is the immigration director of LSNYC's Brooklyn office and supervises a very diverse immigration practice, including both affirmative and defensive cases. While working in the Queens office, Stephanie was instrumental in building up and expanding LSNYC's immigration practice... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Brule A 5th Floor