January-February 2013

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CASE ASSISTANCE LIAISE WITH AILA���S LIAISON DEPARTMENT FOR HELP WITH A CASE by Matthew Blaisdell I f you���ve exhausted all of your resources and wits in trying to work with the government, I suggest reaching out to AILA���s Liaison department. Here���s why: A client of mine was born in the United States, but departed as an infant with her family. She returned with her uncle to apply for a passport. After submitting her application, several special agents of the Department of State (DOS), together with an agent from the New York Police Department, leveled charges of smuggling (among others) against my client and her uncle. After completing my research, collecting evidence, and perusing AILA���s available resources, I hit a wall with Consular Affairs. I decided to reach out to the Liaison department for additional expertise. What I received was beyond my expectations. Senior Liaison and Information Associate Lynn Lee forwarded my request to the chair and vice chair of the AILA Liaison DOS Committee, Anastasia Tonello and Marisa Casablanca, respectively. Additionally, Director of Liaison Robert Deasy forwarded my inquiry to Carmen DiPlacido of the AILA/USCIS Field Operations Committee, who in turn consulted an AILA member with extensive DOS and Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) experience. The results were extremely useful in developing a strategy to communicate with DOS/DSS, rebut their allegations, and establish my client���s citizenship. 10 V OICE When I hit additional roadblocks, I brought them to the attention of the Liaison department, who immediately conducted additional research and responded quickly and effectively. As I stated in my correspondence with the Liaison de- MORE ON GOVERNMENT CHALLENGES: Top Ten Government Errors & How to Correct Purchase >

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