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Pro Bono Library Items Archive

Pro Bono Library Tag: COVID-19
  • April 2020 Tahirih Pro Bono Network Webinar: COVID-19 Updates and Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive Advocacy

    In Tahirih’s April 15, 2020 Pro Bono Network Webinar, Tahirih Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps provides COVID-19 related agency updates and practice tips. Tahirih Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone reviews recent case law and provides updates on Tahirih impact litigation. At the 39:50 mark, San Francisco Bay Area Pro Bono Network Coordinating Attorney Chriselle Raguro and Social Service Program Manager Alexandra Richardson discuss the intersection of trauma and the migration journey and the added barriers for immigrant survivors of violence. They then turn to best practices for trauma-informed and culturally responsive advocacy for pro bono attorneys.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.


  • A Guide to Adapting Trauma-Informed Lawyering Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    This guide provides practical tips and strategies for attorneys to implement trauma-informed principles while balancing public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, including adaptations for virtual meetings and interviews with clients.

  • March 2020 Pro Bono Network Webinar: COVID-19 Updates and Strategies, T Visa Nuts and Bolts

    Tahirih’s Director of Legal and Social Services, Kursten Phelps, provides updates as of March 18, 2020, on the status of immigration agency and Tahirih’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as strategies for implementing trauma-informed lawyering strategies with clients in the context of social distancing or quarantine. Then, Kursten and Litigation Counsel Richard Calderone review the most critical law and policy updates from the last month, including changes to the Immigration Court Practice Manual. Finally, at the 50:27 mark, DOJ Accredited Representative Chelsea Naylor and Immigration Attorney Sasha Bershad walk listeners through the nuts and bolts of human trafficking, T visa eligibility, and practice pointers for successful applications.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.


  • Template Motion for Continuance or to Appear Telephonically and Waive Respondent’s Presence

    This template motion can be used to request a continuance or to request telephonic appearance by counsel and waived appearance by your client for a Master Calendar Hearing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigration Judges are not required to grant such motions. Be sure to comply with the Immigration Practice Manual rules on motions, and follow up with the court after filing. If you do not receive a decision from the judge to grant your motion, you and your client are both required to appear in person at the Master Calendar Hearing. If your client’s appearance is not explicitly waived by the judge with an order, they will receive an in absentia removal order if they do not appear for court.