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  • Forty years ago, Congress created an asylum system to ensure that the U.S. protects those seeking refuge from persecution and conforms with international law. Asylum law did not stay uniform for long however, with the past four years bruising and abusing it beyond recognition. As we approach 2021, NIJC reviews the state of asylum today and how you can advocate for and defend the timeless right to seek asylum. NIJC's Policy Corner are monthly presentations open to all community members and pro bono attorneys to provide updates on policy matters affecting immigration.
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  • October 19, 2020
    We welcome pro bono attorneys to the first part of a two-part virtual, asylum training led by experts from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). During this training, NIJC attorneys will provide participants with an intensive introduction to asylum law.  Illinois and Indiana CLE credit will be requested. *Please note that new pro bono attorneys must participate in both parts of this training before taking an asylum case with NIJC.*  This training is intended for attorneys who are able to accept an asylum matter through NIJC within the next three months or who are already representing an NIJC asylum client.  Asylum cases are time and resource-intensive.  For this reason, NIJC is generally only able to refer non-detained asylum matters to attorneys at mid-to-large law firms that have sufficient resources to support these cases.    
  • October 21, 2020
    This is the second part of a two-part virtual, pro bono asylum training led by experts from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).  During this training, NIJC attorneys will provide best practices for working with asylum seekers and developing supporting evidence in order to prepare strong asylum claims, as well as strategies for presenting asylum arguments before USCIS and the immigration court.  Illinois and Indiana CLE credit is available. *Please note that new pro bono attorneys must participate in both parts of this training before taking an asylum case with NIJC.*  This training is intended for attorneys who are able to accept an asylum matter through NIJC within the next three months or who are already representing an NIJC asylum client.  Asylum cases are time and resource-intensive.  For this reason, NIJC is generally only able to refer non-detained asylum matters to attorneys at mid-to-large law firms that have sufficient resources to support these cases.  
  • October 22, 2020
    Join the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) for a virtual celebration to honor the extraordinary dedication of more than 2,000 pro bono attorneys who volunteer with NIJC and the life-changing impact of pro bono service. The program will feature the presentation of NIJC’s 5th Annual Rookie of the Year Award and new this year, the Professional Staff Excellence Award. We hope you'll join us for this virtual celebration of your hard work! Registration details coming soon.
  • November 8, 2020
    Join the National Immigrant Justice Center's (NIJC) Virtual 5K Run/Walk for Immigrant Justice Week from Sunday, November 8, 2020 through Sunday, November 15, 2020! Choose any day during the event week, pick your favorite route near you, and run or walk together (virtually) with people around the U.S. to support immigrant rights and fund life-changing legal services. Register before October 12th to get a free T-shirt with your registration! We hope you'll join us to support immigrant rights and fund life-changing legal services that keep families together and safe, prevent deportation, and ensure everyone knows their rights. Register now at: https://bit.ly/NIJC5K2020 This event is brought to you by NIJC's amazing team and our partners in Goshen, Indiana.