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Upcoming training sessions

Victorious Asylum Claims 

As a part of the AILA New England Annual Conference, Elena Noureddine, Robin Nice, and Nareg Kandilian will discuss advanced court strategies to argue asylum cases so that your clients can win. Their motto: "when one door closes, knock harder." Register with AILA.

WHEN:
Friday, March 1, 2019
1:30 - 2:30 PM  

WHERE:
Federal Reserve Bank
Boston, MA 02210

Pro Bono Opportunities

PAIR's Seth Purcell and others will discuss pro bono opportunities for in-house counsel. Come learn about professional development opportunities & various legal services organizations. Please register with the BBA.
 

WHEN:
Monday, January 14, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM  

WHERE:
BBA
Boston, MA 02108 

Asylum Basics 

Sarah Allar will present on challenges to seeking asylum, asylum law and procedure basics, and how to work with traumatized clients. *This training is at capacity.

WHEN:
Monday, January 7, 2019
3:00 - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
Project Citizenship
Boston, MA 02109

Global Health and Human Rights

Join PAIR's Seth Purcell, joined by Sarang Sekhavat, of MIRA, and Dr. Rob Marlin, of Cambridge Health Alliance, as they discuss the proposed changes to the public charge rule and its legal and healthcare implications. 

WHEN:
Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 PM  

WHERE:
Cambridge Heath Alliance
Somerville, MA 02139 

Facing the Refugee Crisis

Join PAIR's Violeta Haralampieva and professionals from community-based organizations as they discuss their work to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and how NGO’s are uniquely positioned to facilitate change in today’s political climate.

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 PM  

WHERE:
Boston University - George Sherman Union
Boston, MA 02215

Access to Justice 

Join PAIR's Elena Noureddine and Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin as they conduct a pro bono training on detention issues, bond, the rights people have during encounters with immigration authorities, and how to prepare a client for immigration court.

WHEN:
Monday, November 5, 2018
11:00 - 1:00 PM  

WHERE:
MassMutual
Springfield, MA 01111

Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Immigrants 

Join PAIR's Violeta Haralampieva and professionals from Fenway Health's The Violence Recovery Program as they discuss ways to support the needs of LGBTQ+ immigrants, people of color, and low-income communities. Please register directly with Fenway Health.  

WHEN:
Monday, November 5, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 PM  

WHERE:
Fenway Health
Boston, MA 02215

Pro Bono Training: “Motions to Reopen” 

Join PAIR, AILA, and the Boston Immigration Court as we cover advanced litigation strategies for filing late and other post-order motions to reopen. To register for this free training, please email Sara Ward, Sara@maionaward.com, and write "Motions to Reopen" in the subject line.

WHEN:
Monday, November 5, 2018
2:00 - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
Boston Immigration Court
Boston, MA 02203

Immigration Detention and Bond 101 

PAIR's Elena Noureddine will conduct a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, covering immigration removal proceedings and significant factors in a bond determination. *This training is at capacity.

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
12:00- 2:00 PM

WHERE:
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Boston, MA 02110

PAIR Pro Bono Training: “Asylum 101 and Family Separation” 

This training conducted by PAIR and KIND will cover the basics of asylum law and procedure. We will look at how the administration's Zero Tolerance policy impacts asylum seekers, specifically family separation cases. There is a $100 registration fee. Please email Jackie Portillo to register and write "Asylum 101" in the subject line.

WHEN:
Monday, October 29, 2018
1:00 - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
Ropes & Gray
Boston, MA 02199

“Conocer sus derechos” 

PAIR's Sarah Allar will review what rights people have during encounters with immigration authorities, how to prepare for possible immigration enforcement against yourself or your family, and where to find legal assistance. The event is open the public and will be conducted in Spanish only.

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:30 - 9:30 PM  

WHERE:
The Universal Church
Boston, MA 02128

PAIR/MCLE Asylum Training: “Representing Asylum Seekers” 

This training covers asylum law and procedure, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and perspectives from the adjudicator. The faculty included Meghann Boyle, Boston Asylum Office, Sondra Crosby, Ilana Greenstein, David McHaffey, and Anita P. Sharma. Register directly with MCLE.

WHEN:
Monday, October 22, 2018
2:00 - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
MCLE
Boston, MA 02108

Suffolk Law Pro Bono Fair 

PAIR's Violeta Haralampieva and Michaela Sanchez will participate in Suffolk University School of Law's Pro Bono Fair, speaking with students about PAIR's mission, its work with indigent asylum-seekers, immigrant detainees, and how students can get involved.

WHEN:
Monday, October 22, 2018
4:30 - 6:00 PM  

WHERE:
Suffolk University Law School
Boston, MA 02108


Past training sessions

20 October, 2018

National Refugee Shabbat

PAIR's Board President Susan Cohen and staff attorney Sarah Allar will discuss recent asylum and detention issues at Temple Emunah as a part of the National Refugee Shabbat organized by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.


16 OCTOBER, 2018

Beyond the Ruling

As a part of Vertex's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, PAIR's Elena Noureddine joined Vertex Includes Boundless Ethnicities (VIBE) in a panel discussion on the state of immigration in the U.S., and provide context on how court rulings effect society as a whole. 


14 OCTOBER, 2018

La Fiesta Health Fair 

PAIR's Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin and Anita P. Sharma participated in the BHCHP's annual health fair to share how vulnerable immigrant can protect their legal rights. 

25 SEPTEMBER, 2018

Medical-Legal Partnerships

PAIR's Heather Perez joined the BHCHP staff to consider how to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable immigrant populations, ensuring a patients’ basic needs are met. The discussion was held in honor of Hispanic/Latinx heritage month.

10 SEPTEMBER, 2018

BIA Accredited Representative Training

PAIR staff attorneys led BIA training on asylum law and procedure, covering many topics including asylum eligibility requirements, packaging the application and supporting materials, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and post-grant benefits.

20 JUNE, 2018

"Know Your Rights" Training

PAIR hosted a "Know Your Rights" for attorneys interested in volunteering with PAIR to assist detained immigrants, covering KYRs in detention, intake, and typical fact-patterns presented by immigration detainees.

12 JUNE, 2018

PAIR "Know Your Rights" Attorney Training

PAIR hosted a "Know Your Rights" training for attorneys interested in volunteering to do community presentations to immigrant communities and allies. This training covered the basics of what is expected while conducting a KYR session as well as new material that has been added to our existing training.

10 MAY, 2018

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Annual Convention: Making the Case for Undocumented Plaintiffs 

PAIR Staff Attorney Sarah Allar will participated in a panel discussing the representation of undocumented victims, many of whom are hesitant to seek justice for their injuries because of their status. Panelists discussed the current immigration enforcement landscape, options for undocumented individuals who face retaliation for bringing their cases, strategies to protect individuals from disclosing their status, and what types of damages to seek.

10 APRIL, 2018

Arts in Action: Made Elsewhere

PAIR Staff Attorney Violeta Haralampieva presented on PAIR's work and immigrant rights at a community arts event hosted at the Boston Center for the Arts.

6 APRIL, 2018

Assuring Access to Justice for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma joined Alejandra St. Guillen, Director of the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement and Prof. Mary Holper of Boston College School of Law for a Social Issues Talk hosted by the Social Innovation Forum. The panel spoke on the challenges that asylum-seekers and immigrants face in today's political environment.

27 MARCH, 2018

Human Rights Day at New England Law

PAIR Staff Attorney Violeta Haralampieva spoke on a panel discussion on the rights of asylum seekers and the local efforts to promote human rights for refugees seeking asylum in Boston at New England Law School.

23 MARCH, 2018

Mass. AFP Conference: “Health, Immigration and Law: Tools to Support Our Immigrant Patients”

PAIR Staff attorney Elena Noureddine presented alongside Cambridge Health Alliance's Laura Janneck, MD, at the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians Conference in Boston, MA. Among the topics of discussion were the public charge ground of inadmissibility, updates in immigration enforcement, immigration as a social determinate of health, and challenges faced by service providers working with immigration patients.

1 FEBRUARY, 2018

Challenges Navigating the Immigration System

PAIR’s Anita P. Sharma, along with other panelist, discussed the challenges in serving immigrant communities across MA and offered insight into strategies/best practices to protect immigrant rights. The event was hosted by the MA Attorney’s General Office, Civil Rights Division.

12 JANUARY, 2018

Refugee and Immigration Ministry

PAIR Staff Attorney Seth Purcell spoke at a roundtable discussion hosted by various RIM Cluster representatives. Among the topics of discussion were the various legal and non-legal challenges asylum applicants face as they seek relief.

13 DECEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Asylum Training: “Representing Asylum Seekers"

This introductory asylum training covered the basics of asylum law and procedure: asylum eligibility requirements, packaging the application and supporting materials, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and post-grant benefits.

27 NOVEMBER, 2017

BBA Asylum Training

PAIR's Elena Noureddine joined fellow asylum experts to share knowledge and tips on a variety of advanced asylum issues, centered around working with clients who have been granted asylum and are working towards post-grant benefits, whether applying for their green card or petitioning to bring their relatives to the U.S.

1 NOVEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Asylum Training: “Representing Asylum Seekers”

This Asylum 101 training covered asylum law and procedure, packaging the I-589 application, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and working with a medical expert.

9 OCTOBER, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Immigration Detention & Bond" - Pt 2

Hosted at the Fragomen, PAIR held part 2 of its training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, including substantive standards such as eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination.

2 OCTOBER, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Immigration Detention & Bond" - Pt 1

Hosted at the Fragomen, PAIR conducted a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, including substantive standards such as eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination.

27 SEPTEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Know Your Rights"

Hosted at the BBA, PAIR's Anita P. Sharma and Courtney Snegroff trained attorneys interested in community outreach to immigrant communities to present on immigrant’s constitutional rights when confronted by immigration enforcement and how individuals can prepare now in case they are detained.

19 OCTOBER, 2018

National Refugee Shabbat

PAIR's Elena Noureddine and a former PAIR client will discuss recent asylum and detention issues at Congregation B'nai Torah as a part of the National Refugee Shabbat organized by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. 

20 SEPTEMBER, 2018

Connecting the Dots

Anita P. Sharma moderated a community dialogue on access to justice for civil legal aid matters such as housing, child support, and deportation with fellow TPC grantees.

7 SEPTEMBER, 2018

Volunteers for Justice Fair 

PAIR Staff Attorney Seth Purcell participated in Northeastern University School of Law's Volunteers for Justice Pro Bono Fair, speaking with students about PAIR's mission, its work with indigent asylum-seekers, immigrant detainees, and how students can get involved.

15 JUNE, 2018

Asylum 101 Attorney Training

PAIR staff presented on the basics of asylum law and procedure: asylum eligibility requirements, packaging the application and supporting materials, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and post-grant benefits.

8 MAY, 2018

Asylum 201: Post-Asylum Grant Advanced Topics

PAIR’s Staff Attorney Elena Noureddine joined asylum experts to share knowledge and tips on a variety of advanced asylum issues, centered around working with clients who have been granted asylum and are working towards the next step.

18 APRIL, 2018

AILA, PAIR, & EOIR Training: “Asylum Seekers in Removal Proceedings”

AILA, PAIR and EOIR hosted a free 3-hour training at the Boston Immigration Court on representing asylum seekers in removal proceedings.

11 APRIL, 2018

Boston University School of Law: Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Clinic

PAIR’s Staff Attorney Elena Noureddine joined a panel for BU Law’s Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Clinic, exploring the field of immigration law.

31 MARCH, 2018

Amnesty International at Boston University: "Human Rights One Year into the Trump Administration"

PAIR Staff Attorney Elena Noureddine joined a panel focused on immigration and refugee issues at a local level.

29 MARCH, 2018

Detention 101 &
Bond Training

In collaboration with Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network, PAIR Staff Attorney Elena Noureddine conducted a training on Immigration Detention & Bond.

26 MARCH, 2018

Pro Bono Training: Representing Asylum Seekers

PAIR’s Anita P. Sharma, David McHaffey, of McHaffey Law, and Ilana Greenstein, of the American Immigration Lawyers’s Association, present on the basics of asylum law and procedure: asylum eligibility requirements, packaging the application and supporting materials, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and post-grant benefits. 



9 MARCH, 2018

The Dream Machine: The Journey from Undocumented to Deported

PAIR Access to Justice Fellow Irene Freidel joined Manny Lusardi,  Liaison for Immigrant Affairs at the Mayor’s office in Cambridge, and Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation, for a panel discussion on funding pro bono legal defense for immigrants hosted by the Cambridge Forum.

18 JANUARY, 2018

Conversations on the Edge: Immigration

PAIR Staff Attorney Elena Noureddine participated in a panel discussion at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education exploring issues affecting immigrants in the United States today, including current and potential protective policies for immigrants and refugees, immigration reform, paths to citizenship, and how local organizations can empower immigrants to participate in their local communities and civic life.

3 JANUARY, 2018

Cambridge Health Alliance: Social Justice Interdisciplinary Panel

PAIR Staff Attorney Seth Purcell participated in a panel discussion for CHA staff regarding the challenges that services providers face in today's evolving immigration environment.

6 DECEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Know Your Rights Training: “Family Preparedness”

This training provided an overview of an immigrant’s constitutional rights when confronted by law enforcement. It will also introduce key legal tools for providers to assist clients, patients or constituents in family preparedness in case of detention or other future family separation.

16 NOVEMBER, 2017

EOIR Pro Bono Training by
AILA & PAIR

The EOIR Pro Bono Program is back! AILA and the Boston Immigration court partnered to bring this free training on bond hearings in immigration court. This training covered eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination, as well as the court procedures and recent updates in the law. The session included a mock hearing with a Boston Immigration Court judge.

15 NOVEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Know Your Rights Training: “Family Preparedness”

This training provided an overview of an immigrant’s constitutional rights when confronted by law enforcement. It will also introduce key legal tools for providers to assist clients, patients or constituents in family preparedness in case of detention or other future family separation.

24 OCTOBER, 2017

Community Dialogue: “Connecting the Dots”

Hosted by The Philanthropy Connection, PAIR's Executive Director Anita P. Sharma and other prominent immigration practitioners spoke on hot topics in immigration practice, with a focus on asylum and refugee issues. 

4 OCTOBER, 2017

PAIR/MCLE Asylum Training: “Representing Asylum Seekers”

This Asylum 101 training covered asylum law and procedure, packaging the I-589 application, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and perspectives from the bench. The faculty included Anita P. Sharma, Ilana Greenstein, David McHaffey, Meghann Boyle, Director of the Boston Asylum Sub-Office, and Dr. Sondra Crosby.

27 SEPTEMBER, 2017

Lunch and Learn: Living Mutually

PAIR's Seth Purcell participated in a panel discussion for MassMutual employees, describing the arduous asylum application process, the myriad challenges faced by applicants, and highlighting the benefits of collaborative, pro bono efforts. 

27 JUNE, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Relief for Unaccompanied Minors"

PAIR's Elena Noureddine presented a training on representing minors who are present in the U.S. without status, addressing the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) process, hosted at Foley & Lardner.

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