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  • June 6, 2017
    Since 2000, the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Human Rights Awards luncheon has honored human rights champions and celebrated the contributions of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders. The event draws more than 800 attendees and provides critical funding for NIJC to ensure that it can continue to promote human rights and access to justice for immigrants. National Immigrant Justice Center Human Rights Awards Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Fairmont Chicago Hotel Keynote & Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Award: Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Legislature Representative Ilhan Omar is the newly elected, Minnesota House Representative for District 60B. She is the first Somali-American, Muslim woman in the nation to hold an office at this level. Ilhan and her family fled the Somali civil war and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before finallly arriving in the United States. Ilhan is an organizer committed to advancing unity and justice, helping women entrepreneurs, pursuing criminal justice reform and ensuring clean air and water. Ilhan has received multiple accolades and awards and has been featured in several news publications, including TIME, PEOPLE, NPR, and Al Jazeera. Adapted from ilhanomar.com.   Human Rights Corporate Award: Aon Aon’s commitment to pro bono legal services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers has been critical to ensuring access to justice. Human Rights Practitioner Award: Reed Smith Reed Smith has played a tremendous role in advancing human rights for Chicago’s most vulnerable, expanding resources for NIJC staff and clients, and providing protection to refugees from Central America and Syria. Commitment to Change Award: Dr. Zaher Sahloul Dr. Sahloul is a critical care physician who volunteers throughout Syria and whose commitment to human rights makes health care more accessible and shines a light on the global refugee crisis. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the 18th Annual Human Rights Awards, please contact us. For more information about sponsorships, please view NIJC's sponsorship packet.
  • June 9, 2017
    NIJC's staff attorneys Maria Blumenfeld and Hillary Richardson will present on best practices when working with Unaccompanied Immigrant Children. Please register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2769747134401940739
  • June 15, 2017
    On June 15, 2017, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will conduct a training for pro bono attorneys interested in representing asylum seekers before the asylum office and the immigration court, hosted by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC).  This training will cover the relevant law, practice, and procedure for all types of asylum claims, but will focus specifically on issues relevant to asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Illinois CLE credit will be available, but space is limited!  Registration is required.  Please contact Veronica Portillo Heap at vportilloheap@heartlandalliance.org to RSVP or with any questions. All pro bono attorneys representing NIJC asylum clients must attend an NIJC asylum training before or shortly after representation begins.  Attorneys who have not yet accepted an NIJC asylum case and wish to attend the training must commit to accepting an NIJC asylum client for representation within three months of the training.
  • NIJC staff will present to community on immigration Know Your Rights, safety planning, how to access legal services and Q & A.   
  • During this free legal clinic, private attorneys from Chicago's top law firms will join with the National Immigrant Justice Center to complete and file applications for qualified individuals to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Registration must be completed by Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Register for this clinic. Durante este taller legal gratis, abogados de las mejores firmas en Chicago apoyarán a El Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes (NIJC) a confirmar su elegibilidad, completar y presentar su solicitud para renovar acción diferida para jovenes (DACA) así como su solicitud para autorización de empleo. Complete su registro antes del miercoles, 14 de junio, 2017. Regístrese para este taller.
  • During this free legal clinic, private attorneys from Chicago's top law firms will join with the National Immigrant Justice Center to complete and file applications for qualified individuals to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Registration must be completed by Monday, June 26, 2017. Register for this clinic. Durante este taller legal gratis, abogados de las mejores firmas en Chicago apoyarán a El Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes (NIJC) a confirmar su elegibilidad, completar y presentar su solicitud para renovar acción diferida para jovenes (DACA) así como su solicitud para autorización de empleo. Complete su registro antes del lunes, 26 de junio, 2017. Regístrese para este taller.
  • July 14, 2017
    NIJC's senior legal supervisor, Trisha Teofilo Olave, and supervising attorney, Diana Tafur, will present on best practices when working with survivors of domestic and gender violence to build their legal cases. Please register for the webinar using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8516792158205420289
  • August 11, 2017
    NIJC's managing attorney, Ashley Huebner, and associate director of legal services, Lisa Koop, will discuss challenges presented by Central American asylum claims and best practices in finding solutions to them. Please register for the webinar using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1613446830563055875
  • September 8, 2017
    NIJC's associate director of legal services, Lisa Koop, and detention project director, Claudia Valenzuela, will discuss best practices when briefing the immigration court. Please register for the webinar using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2408814850398605059
  • October 13, 2017
    NIJC's managing attorney, Ashley Huebner, and a guest speaker (TBD) will discuss best practices when obtaining evidence for cases before the immigration court and USCIS. Please register for the webinar using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6366137518671440131