HELP WITH A CASE
by Matthew Blaisdell
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.
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-
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