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Pro Bono Newsletter, Spring 2012

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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Pro Bono Turn Up the Heat in Nashville Share the spirit of volunteerism as AILA members come together in Nashville for the Second Annual AILA Pro Bono Clinic. Leap Into Action With Natz Gear up for Year Six! AILA Citizenship Day is right around the corner. During the month of April, AILA chapters across the country will once again partner with community organizations and stakeholders to host citizenship workshops throughout the nation. As a single-day, nationwide event, AILA Citizenship Day provides free or low-cost assistance to eligible legal permanent residents who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship. Each workshop will need attorney & non-attorney volunteers, and local community support. Get involved! Contact your chapter's Citizenship Day Coordinator today! MISS AN ISSUE? No Sweat. Check out AILA's archive. Enjoy the collegial atmosphere—learn from your fellow members while giving back to the local community AILA "adopts" during Annual Conference. Spend quality time temporarily expanding the wonderful pro bono services that Justice for Our Neighbors of Tennessee and others provide, bring- ing expertise that only AILA members can offer. Last year's inaugural event in San Diego was a great success. Be a part of the pro bono action in 2012! For more information, send an email to probono@aila.org. The New Jersey AILA Chapter has partnered with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) to offer pro bono representation to unaccompanied immigrant children facing removal. To date, chapter members have accepted 28 cases. Many of the child clients are eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) because of histories of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. In these cases, members usually provide representation in family court proceedings to ensure the child has a legal custodian before moving forward with the immigration com- ponent of the case. SIJS requires that the family court judge makes findings that reunification with one or both parents is not viable on account of abuse, abandonment, or neglect, and that it is not in the child's best interests to return to his or her home country. AILA members Elsy Segovia, Rafael Figueroa, and Asma Warsi Chaudry have obtained the necessary predicate findings in family court, submitted their clients' SIJ petitions, and succeeded in ter- minating removal proceedings. The children now await a decision on their SIJS and adjustment applications from USCIS. Attorney Elizabeth Trinidad won approval of her client's SIJ petition after favorable family court adjudication, and Marguerite Marty's SIJ client happily received his residency card as a result of her efforts. Chapter member Lauren Anselowitz has risen to the challenge of accepting cases of unaccompanied children detained in federal custody. This effort is commendable as it ensures legal represen- tation to this particularly vulnerable group of children. FOLLOW AILA FOR THE LATEST ON IMMIGRATION! YOUTUBE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and LINKEDIN COPYRIGHT © 2012 AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAY BE REPRINTED OR OTHERWISE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE PUBLISHER. SEND REPRINT REQUESTS TO PUBS@AILA.ORG www.aila.org 6 CHAPTER HAPPENINGS: NEW JERSEY

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