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  • January 27, 2017
    Please join presenters from the National Immigrant Justice Center and Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym for a training on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the role of family courts in Illinois.   For the past several years, tens of thousands of children have crossed the border into the United States, fleeing violence and abuse in their home countries. Many of them are eligible for relief from deportation in the form of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a visa for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Before they can apply for this visa, they are required to obtain a special order from a state court. Attendees will learn about this unique intersection of family and immigration law - including recent guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on filing these cases - and will have the opportunity to participate in a referral and resource network of family law practitioners working in this growing area.   The training will take place on January 27, 2017, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and CLE credit will be provided. Register by January 18, 2017. Location will be provided upon registration.   Register here.
  • February 2, 2017
    On February 2, 2017, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., NIJC will provide a training for pro bono attorneys interested in representing asylum seekers – including immigrant children and detained immigrants – before the asylum office and the immigration court. Illinois CLE credit will be available, but space is limited! Please contact Carolina Ramazzina Van Moorsel 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 asylum client for representation within six months of the training. Register for this training's webinar here. Please note that in order to represent one of NIJC's clients you will need to attend a live session of the training. Attorneys attending the webinar will not be eligible to Illinois CLE credit.
  • February 2, 2017
    Enjoy a potluck baked potato bar dinner with new and old friends, while raising awareness and supporting the National Immigrant Justice Center. The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a program of Heartland Alliance, promotes human rights and access to justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through legal services, policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Throughout its 30-year history, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change. We will supply the baked potatoes – you supply a baked potato topping, dessert or beverage to share (serving 6-8 people, vegetarian only, please). A suggested donation of $20 per family ($5 per unaccompanied teen) will be collected. Enjoy a friendly dinner and a short presentation by a member of NIJC’s Chicago office. All donations collected will be delivered to NIJC – please, be generous! Registration is appreciated. RSVP now. Questions? Contact Dinner With A Cause is an independent and non-secular event open to all interested parties. We hope to make this a recurring event with a different “cause” each time. We welcome suggestions for national or local advocacy organizations to support at future events and hope that you make Dinner With A Cause an ongoing event on your calendar.
  • February 10, 2017
    Amanda Zelechoski, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Valparaiso University, and Saba Baig will discuss best practices when representing survivors of trauma. Register for the webinar.