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  • March 30, 2017
      The National Immigrant Justice Center and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events present a screening of the documentary, The Deportation of Innocence, followed by a discussion with a panel of experts. This is a free event. PLEASE RSVP TO RESERVE A SEAT. About The Deportation of Innocence Directed by Francisco Alarcon, The Deportation of Innocence (2016) explores what happens to children when their parents are deported from the United States. Filmed for nearly three years, the documentary follows four children as their parents undergo deportation. Meet the panelDiana Tafur, Supervising Attorney, NIJC’s Asylum Project. Diana will provide a broad context on the challenges facing immigrant children and mixed-status families.Seemi Choudry, Director of the Mayor's Office of New Americans. Seemi will discuss the steps being taken by the Mayor’s Office to protect the immigrant community amid recent enforcement threats.Tracy Navarro, Educator, Chicago Public Schools. Tracy will address the impact of deportations on students and families in Chicago.
  • Legal staff from NIJC will explain what are your rights, discuss safety-planning and answer immigration-related questions from community members.  
  • Legal staff from NIJC will explain what are your rights, discuss safety-planning and answer immigration-related questions from community members.    
  • April 14, 2017
    Join NIJC's Detention Project's Supervising Attorney and Coordinator, Hena Mansori and Andrea Ochoa, to discuss best practices when working with detained immigrants. Please register for the webinar using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/869158822418690305
  • Legal staff from NIJC will explain what are your rights, discuss safety-planning and answer immigration-related questions from community members. 
  • 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 Thursday, April 13, 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 jueves, 13 de abril, 2017. Regístrese para este taller.
  • Legal staff from NIJC will explain what are your rights, discuss safety-planning and answer immigration-related questions from community members.  
  • May 12, 2017
    NIJC's supervising attorney, Aneesha Gandhi, and Marjorie Kovler Center's post-doctoral fellow, Jessica Spigner, will discuss best practices when working with immigrants with mental health issues. Please use this link to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4308750052496543235
  • 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 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