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Pro Bono Library Items Archive

  • Tahirih Pro Bono Network Webinar: COVID-19 and Policy Updates and Trauma-Informed Interviewing Tips

    Join Tahirih’s Co-Directors of Client Advocacy, Adriana Lopez and Adilene Nunez Huang and Litigation Counsel Richard Calderone for breaking updates on immigration law and policy, and relevant agency updates policy related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Then at the 25.09 marks, the panel Client Advocacy directors will be providing insight on how trauma can impact a survivor of violence and practical interviewing tips to utilize when working with a survivor of violence.

    You can find the recording of the webinar here.



  • Policy Briefing_Immigration Actions by the New Administration

    Join Tahirih’s Co-Directors of Client Advocacy Adilene Nunez-Huang and Adriana Lopez. Presenters will  begin discussion with an overview of the Newest Administration’s latest immigration actions and discuss how they impact Tahirih’s clients and our casework.

    Then at the 35:45 mark, the panel Tahirih’s Chief of Policy and Communications, Archi Pyati, will be reflecting on the number of executive orders and memos issued by the latest administration how it has significantly shifted the landscape for immigrant survivors seeking safety in the United States. Archi will be concluding presentation by identifying Tahirih’s priorities and expectations.

    *You can find the recording of the webinar here.

  • January 2021 Tahirih Pro Bono Network Webinar: Policy Updates at the Start of 2021

    Join Tahirih’s Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone for breaking updates on immigration law and policy, and relevant agency updates related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Then will move on to Substantive Legal Updates discussing the last two immigration regulations issued by the Trump administration. Litigation Counsel will turn to the new immigration and asylum executive orders signed by the new administration. Lastly, will be discussing what should we expect from the new administration. Ending with policy memos and sub-regulatory changes on both EOIR and DHS.

    You can find the recording of the webinar here.

  • DECEMBER 2020 Pro Bono Webinar _ 2020 in Review and Preparing for 2021

    Join Tahirih staff for a review of the 2020 legal and advocacy landscape and pro bono network work, before turning to a discussion of preparation and predictions for legal advocacy of immigrant survivors in the new year. Tahirih’s Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone will be sharing updates on immigration law and policy, and relevant agency updates related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Then at the 30:15 mark the panelist SR. Immigration policy counsel, Irena Sullivan and Cheif of Programs, Rena Cutlip-Mason will be addressing Tahirih top priorities to restore and protect gender base Asylum. This Webinar is designed to be 2020 in review and importantly, a post-election preview into what we might expect in 2021 with either a continued administration or a new administration.

    • You can find the recording of the webinar here.


  • NOVEMBER 2020 Tahirih Pro Bono Network Webinar: Immigrant Visa and Derivative Asylee Consular Processing

    Join Tahirih’s Litigation Counsel, Richard Caldarone will begin briefing on recent immigration law and policies including agency updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then at the 10:14 mark DOJ Accredited Representative, Chelsea Naylor, will discuss the basics of Immigration Visa and Derivative Asylee Consular Processing, including practice pointers and resources. A breakdown of immigrant visas vs non-immigrant visas. Additionally, covering the second part of consular processing, getting a client’s derivatives legally enter the united states with an immigrant visa and meet eligibility requirements.

    You can find the recording of the webinar here.

  • October 2020 Pro Bono Network Webinar: Strategies to Corroborate your Client’s Claim

    Join Tahirih’s Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone for breaking updates on immigration law and policy, and relevant agency updates related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Then at the 27:10 mark San Francisco Bay Area’s Executive Director, Morgan Weibel, will discuss Strategies to Corroborate your Client’s Claim. Whether you are seeking to meet your VAWA, T visa or U visa client’s burden on the “any credible evidence standard” or endeavoring to meet the heightened REAL ID Act requirements on credibility and corroboration for your asylum client, corroboration of your client’s facts and testimony is an essential element to a successful claim. In the October 2020 Pro Bono Network webinar, Tahirih staff will explore why corroboration matters and identify strategies to successfully corroborate your client’s claim through sources including primary evidence and affidavits from witnesses within the U.S. or abroad. As always, the panel also will brief attendees on recent immigration law and policy updates, including any relevant agency updates related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    You can find the recording of the webinar here.




  • COVID-19 Updates as of October 15, 2020

    Tahirih Justice Center

    • Register now for Tahirih’s October 21 2020 webinar covering COVID-19 updates, legal updates and strategies to corroborate your client’s claim.
    • Tahirih’s physical offices are closed until and all staff are working remotely until further notice. Staff continue to respond to pro bono attorneys and clients, though their response time to pro bono attorneys may be atypical.
    • Resources developed by Tahirih, including webinar resources and a Guide to Adapting Trauma-Informed Lawyering Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic, use the COVID-19 tag on Tahirih’s Pro Bono e-library. 


    • EOIR updates are available online at https://www.justice.gov/eoir/eoir-operational-status-during-coronavirus-pandemic. Be sure to verify operating status on the EOIR website. Operating status changes are posted often, and Tahirih’s list may not immediately reflect the current status of every court.
    • Register to receive e-mail updates at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOJ/subscriber/new?preferences=true.
    • All non-detained immigration court hearings, including master calendar hearings and merits hearings, nationwide will be postponed through October 30, 2020 if they don’t have an announced re-open date. New hearing notices will be issued. Detained docket hearings will proceed. Most courts remain open for filing in person or by mail.
    • The Arlington. Baltimore, San Francisco, and Atlanta Immigration Courts have resumed hearings in non-detained cases.
    • EOIR is currently accepting digital and electronic signatures on all filings.
    • The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has established temporary email accounts for immigration courts nationwide to facilitate electronic filing for all parties while the rollout of the EOIR Court & Appeals System (ECAS) is delayed due to COVID-19. Those who have already opted-in to ECAS should continue to use ECAS where it is available. Others who wish to utilize electronic filing may file through email as instructed below. Temporary filing e-mail addresses will be discontinued 60 days after the re-opening of a court for non-detained hearings.
      • Please visit http://www.justice.gov/eoir/filing-email for requirements that apply to filing by email and the email address for each immigration court.
      • Please note EOIR cannot provide technical support or confirm receipt of filings at this time.
      • If you have questions, please contact the EOIR Office of Policy, Communications and Legislative Affairs Division at PAO.EOIR@usdoj.gov.
    • Deadlines for open courts remain. Tahirih recommends strongly that you comply with your original pre-hearing filing deadlines unless directed by order or specific guidance from your immigration judge.


    • USCIS has resumed in-person appointments at field offices, ASC offices, and asylum offices. USCIS continues to exercise flexibility in rescheduling appointments if an applicant is sick.
    • USCIS will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond, until further notice. Tahirih recommends original wet signature or a scanned copy of documents signed with a wet signature. If that is not possible, please consult with your Tahirih mentor attorney or Kursten Phelps, Director of Legal and Social Services.
    • If you received or receive a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), or wish to file an I-290B for a denial dated between March 1 and January 1, 2021, any responses or I-290s submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the notice or decision will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.
    • To monitor USCIS updates, see: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19


    • ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations updates are available online at: https://www.ice.gov/covid19.  As of March 18, ICE ERO will focus enforcement on public-safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds. For those individuals who do not fall into those categories, ERO will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or user alternatives to detention, as appropriate.
    • In-person check ins vary by jurisdiction. Please contact your local ERO office.

    State Department

    • The Department of State has resumed visa services and processing on a post-by-post basis.
    • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment.


    • The CDC extended its border-closing order indefinitely.