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Friday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Immigration Crisis: What You Can Do to Join the Fight

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Family separation, prolonged detention, "Remain in Mexico," crowded and abhorrent detention conditions. We have all seen the pictures and heard the news. This panel will examine litigation efforts around immigrants, their families, and even U.S. citizens who are affected by ever-evolving policies and how legal services organizations can work to support individuals, families, and communities. We will provide an overview of existing litigation, including: family separation; conditions at immigration detention centers, including constitutionally suspect prolonged detention; restrictions on asylum-seekers; child detention centers; increased denials of passports to U.S. Citizens; and cases arising out of affirmative humanitarian applications (prolonged processing times, fee waiver denials, public benefits considerations for VAWA, U-and T-visas). We will also review possible claims (APA, habeas, Declaratory Judgement, etc.) and other general issues involved with suing the government, such as governmental immunities and jurisdiction-stripping provisions of the INA.


Christine Dutko

Immigration Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Christine Dutko is an immigration attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), working out of its San Antonio office. Christine primarily represents undocumented victims of crime in their VAWA and U and T visa applications, as well as people applying to become lawful permanent... Read More →

Susan Watson

Group Coordinator-Individual Rights, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Susan Watson is the group coordinator for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Individual Rights Practice Group, which consists of eight practice teams, including Civil Rights, Immigration, and Human Trafficking. Her practice focuses on civil rights litigation, primarily against federal... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Richard B 5th Floor