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Pro Bono Library Items Archive


  • November 2019 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: VAWA Nuts and Bolts, plus Late Breaking Updates

    • Publication Date: November 25, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars
    • Pro Bono Library Tags: Asylum, VAWA

    Tahirih Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone and Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps review litigation updates, proposed rules related to USCIS fees, fee waivers, and asylum applicant work authorization applications, and an interim final rule implementing “safe third country” agreements for asylum seekers. At the 36:36 mark, Kursten Phelps reviews practical, introductory information on the nuts and bolts of filing a VAWA self-petition for immigrant survivors who are abused by their U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouses.

    Update: After this webinar was recorded, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in Seattle v. DHS enjoined DHS from requiring use of the 10/24/19 edition of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. That edition has been removed from the USCIS forms website.  USCIS has reverted to requiring the 03/13/18 edition of Form I-912 until further notice.  USCIS will also accept prior editions or a written request.   Please consult with your Tahirih mentor attorney for advice on which version of the I-912 form you should use in your case.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Annotated Table of Contents of Northern Triangle Asylum Country Conditions

    The Temple Law School and Washington Office of Latin America (WOLA) are launching a resource for attorneys preparing asylum cases by providing information on country conditions in the Northern Triangle. Click here or on link in the PDF to enter your information to access the site.

  • Sample VAWA (I-1360) Self-Petition Declaration

    This is a sample VAWA (I-1360) self-petition declaration.

  • October Pro Bono Briefing: Presidential Proclamation, Litigation Updates, BIA Memo, and U Visa Timelines

    • Publication Date: October 24, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars

    Update: On November 2,2019  a federal judge in Oregon issues a temporary restraining order that delays implementation of the presidential proclamation related to health insurance discussed in this briefing. The order halts implementation of the proclamation for 28 days pending litigation challenging the proclamation.

    Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps and Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone review an October 4 presidential proclamation that will prevent many immigrants from entering the country on certain immigrant visas unless they will be covered by “approved health insurance,” provides updates on litigation challenging the public charge rule, breaks down a new memo affecting BIA appeals, reviews U visa timelines, and provides other recent

    updates in law and policy that might impact your pro bono cases.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Pro Bono Briefing: Public Charge and Other Recent Policy Updates

    • Publication Date: September 18, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars

    Update: After this briefing was recorded there were two key developments on the public charge rule. On October 10, the Department of State issued a similar public charge rule for individuals applying for visas at U.S. consulates abroad. The DOS rule will take effect on October 15, 2019, but will not be implemented until relevant forms are published.  On October 11, three federal courts issued injunctions on the implementation of the new DHS public charge rule. Pending litigation on the merits, implementation of the public charge rule is enjoined nationwide, as it relates to applicants seeking to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident within the United States.

    Tahirih’s Chief of Programs Rená Cutlip-Mason and Tahirih’s Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone discuss the new public rule in detail, provide litigation and case law updates related to the asylum ban, Matter of A-B-, and Matter of L-E-A, and discuss a new Department of Justice regulation re-organizing and changing processes at the Board of Immigration Appeals.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Template Letter to Client Advising of Expanded Expedited Removal (French)

    Update: On September 27, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against that expansion of expedited removal pending litigation challenging the expansion. Make the Rd. N.Y. v. McAleenan, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166944, 2019 WL 4738070.

    This is a template letter that attorneys can adapt to notify and explain the recently expanded expedited removal policy.

  • Template Letter to Client Advising of Expanded Expedited Removal (Spanish)

    Update: On September 27, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against that expansion of expedited removal pending litigation challenging the expansion. Make the Rd. N.Y. v. McAleenan, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166944, 2019 WL 4738070.

    This is a template letter that attorneys can adapt to notify and explain the recently expanded expedited removal policy.