Upcoming Immigration Law Training at Catholic Charities

Crossposting from the OWLS listserve:

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services will be training attorneys on U Nonimmigrant Status for Immigrant Victims of Serious Crimes on Wednesday, February 20. Presenting the training will be several experienced members of the staff of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services.

Please note that while the morning content is introductory, the afternoon content is intended both for practitioners new to immigration law as well as those looking to sharpen their U visa skill set and will include time for questions/discussion. A tentative agenda is attached.

Practitioners who complete this training are potentially eligible to represent a pre-screened Catholic Charities client and his or her family members pro bono, with technical supervision from Catholic Charities.

We are in the process of applying for 6 CLE credits, including Access to Justice credits.

What: U Nonimmigrant Status for Immigrant Victims of Serious Crimes
Where: 2740 SE Powell Blvd, 4th floor
When: Wednesday, February 20th – 9 am to 4:30 pm (1 pm to 4:30 pm for afternoon session only)
Cost: $40 (full day, includes lunch); $20 (afternoon session only)

PLEASE FORWARD this message to any colleagues that you think may be interested in attending. Please call 503.688.2617 or email egumper@ccoregon.org with any questions or to RSVP.

Two upcoming events in October

Next Thursday, October 11, join a Livestream conversation with the American Immigration Council regarding Children and the Long-Term Effects of Family Separation. Click here for more information and to register.

On Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 in Portland, join the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) in partnership with Catholic Charities’ Center for Immigration Defense, for a two-day Introduction to Removal Defense course which will include basics of asylum law, withholding, CAT, bond proceedings, removal proceedings and cancellation of removal. CLE credit is being applied for. Click here for more information and to register.

Volunteer at Citizenship Day 9/22

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization and Perkins Coie as sponsor invite you to volunteer with us at Citizenship Day!

WHO: Anyone who wants to help! Attorneys, legal staff, administrative staff, law students, and community members at large are all welcome to pitch in. For individuals who wish to volunteer with the application process, there will be a 2-hour training on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Stoel Rives LLP, 760 SW 9th Avenue, Suite 3000, Portland. Thank you Stoel Rives!

WHAT: Trained volunteers will help immigrant and refugee community members with applications for naturalization. Other volunteers are needed to help with organization, directing applicants to interpreters/volunteers assisting with applications, and food service, setup, and cleanup.

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are two shifts, (1) morning 9 a.m. to Noon, and (2) Noon – 3 p.m. You can also volunteer all day!

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

WHERE: IRCO Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland.

WHY: There are approximately 38,472 lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in the Portland metro area who are eligible for naturalization, and 8,382 reside in East Portland, where IRCO’s sites are located.

Questions? Contact Nanette Nielson (nnielson@perkinscoie.com) or Tara Ratliff (tratliff@perkinscoie.com).

American Constitution Society CLE, August 1: Protecting Immigrant Detainees’ Access to Counsel

An invite was extended by the Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society to attend the following CLE at Perkins Coie on August 1, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30.

Please RSVP to Kristina Holm.

ACS Oregon: Protecting Immigrant Detainees’ Access to Counsel: An Update on Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen

Please join the Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a discussion on the ongoing litigation regarding the right of immigrant detainees being held at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution to access legal counsel.

Nadia Dahab, Attorney, Stoll Berne

Ms. Dahab currently serves as counsel for one of the individual detainees as well as the Innovation Law Lab. She will discuss the claims asserted by plaintiffs-petitioners and the temporary restraining order issued by Judge Michael Simon.

The program will be immediately followed by the ACS Oregon Lawyer Chapter’s summer social.

WALK with Refugees and Immigrants

From Facebook:

A walk to inspire a more compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland!

Parks for New Portlanders, in partnership with Portland Sunday Parkways, nonprofits, and refugee and immigrant organizations, invites you to walk with Refugees and Immigrants.

Join community members and elected leaders as they gather at Gateway Discovery Park for in a one-mile walk to Knott Park, alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. This event recognizes the unique experiences of new Portlanders, of all ages and backgrounds.

– Hear refugee and immigrant stories
– Enjoy diverse music, food, and other family activities

We welcome all neighbors, faith-based organizations, local businesses, neighborhood associations, and nonprofits to join us on this walk to inspire a more compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland!

The event is planned for Sunday, August 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gateway Discovery Park in NE Portland.


Families Belong Together – Portland Rally

Families Belong Together- Portland Rally

Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. Activism Fair; 11 a.m. Rally and Speeches
North Park Blocks, Portland, OR 97209 (NW Everett St at NW 8th Ave)

Join Americans around the country in saying loud and clear that children belong with their parents, and #FamiliesBelongTogether. Bring protest signs, bring your family and friends, and wear WHITE to show solidarity. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Attend an “Activism Fair” designed with kids and adults in mind: crafts (possibilities are liberty crowns & monarch butterflies), write a postcard to new immigrant children to welcome them to America, a sidewalk chalk art project, voter registration, informational tables, a pledge card drive against IP 22, and more.

11 a.m. Rally begins. Speakers will include Kayse Jama of Unite Oregon, Josielyn Kremm, a USMC veteran & mom whose parents came to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants, and more. 12 noon.

After speeches, the Oregon Jewish Museum will be open and people can (with admission) view exhibits such as Discrimination & Resistance: An Oregon Primary. 5 blocks away is the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

Facebook Live event on Migrant Children and the Border Crisis

OWLS Member May Low, Chief of Staff at Catholic Charities shared this event with us which will be held on Thursday, June 27 at noon. This one hour Facebook Live event hosts a discussion on new, existing, and past border policies & how they affect children crossing the border.

“Hear from two of our immigration and refugee experts, and learn what you can do to be most helpful in the midst of this crisis. We’ll be selecting questions during the LIVE event for a mini Q&A session at the end.”

Please join Kelsey Keswani and Sarah Purce in this Facebook LIVE event this Thursday.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/181433215860603/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkd1pzPBTiZ/?taken-by=catholiccharitiesoforegon (for Instagram LIVE following)

From Lawyer Moms of America

Shared by OWLS Executive Director Linda Tomassi:

Lawyer Moms of America, Oregon Chapter (Facebook) asked that I ask you to be signatories on this letter.

They also requested you join one of the letter deliveries under the Events.  All of them are at NOON on Friday, June 29, except Kurt Schrader’s office in Salem, which is at 12:30 pm.

Here are the details:

  • Sen. Merkley – 121 SW Salmon St; Portland, OR 97204 – headed up by Holli K Houston
  • Sen Wyden & Rep Blumenauer – 911 NE 11th Ave.; Portland, OR 97232 – headed up by Candice Aiston and Brett Applegate
  • Rep. Bonamici – 12725 SW Millikan Way; Beaverton, OR 97005 – headed up by Amanda Amie Marshall
  • Rep. Schrader – 530 Center St. SE; Salem, OR 97301 – headed up by Amy Fearncombe Meyers
  • Rep. DeFazio – 405 E. 8th St.; Eugene, OR 97401 – headed up by Lauren Cullop
  • Rep. Walden – 1051 NW Bond St.; Bend, OR 97703 – headed up by Marcia Houston