Aug. 21-22, 2024: Virtual CLE Conference: Immigrant Survivors in Court: Multiple Defenses, Multiple Options

Aug 21, 2024 12:00PM—Aug 22, 2024 5:00PM


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Event Contact Maria Lazzarino | Email


ASISTA Virtual CLE Conference

Immigrant Survivors in Court: Multiple Defenses, Multiple Options

Wed., Aug. 21 – Thur., Aug. 22, 2024 (12-5pm ET)


This two-day conference is intended for intermediate attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives who have experience or interest in working with immigrant survivors in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court.

ASISTA attorney experts will be joined by other national leaders in the field to discuss the latest developments in defending immigrant survivors before EOIR. Day One will focus on forms of relief available to immigrant survivors, including considerations when your client is applying for more than one of them. Day Two will dig into the details of other less formal strategy options, like seeking termination with the agreement of ICE-OPLA or dismissal based on a legally deficient Notice to Appear. Topics for discussion include recent precedential decisions and changes to the law; how to make the most of policy shifts; and the latest recommendations and practical tips from practitioners well-experienced in front of immigration judges.

Intermediate Training: 8 CLE credits

Aug. 21 – Day ONE: Multiple Defenses (12-5 pm ET)

Session One: (2 hrs.) 12:00-2:00 pm ET

Refresher on Survivor-Based Relief in Proceedings: In this session, we center ourselves for the rest of the conference with a high-level review of the main survivor-based forms of relief, VAWA-based adjustment, VAWA Cancellation of Removal, U status, and T status. We will discuss issues unique to the removal setting, such as jurisdictional intricacies and obtaining continuances to pursue relief before USCIS.

Speakers: Corrie Hansen, CLINIC; Lia Ocasio, ASISTA.

Session Two: (2 hrs.)  3:00-5:00 pm ET

Pursuing Asylum Claims Involving Gender-Based Violence: To offer a complement to ASISTA’s usual focus on U, T, and VAWA-based relief, this session will focus on gender-based asylum claims. Panelists will review the current state of play for these claims and key doctrinal aspects to be aware of. We will also discuss best practices and common pitfalls to avoid when bringing these claims, whether you view asylum as your primary form of relief for the client or not.

Speakers: Omar de la Cruz, CGRS; Rebecca Press, Co-Counsel; Rebecca Eissenova, ASISTA.

Aug. 22 – Day TWO: Multiple Additional Options (12-5 pm ET)

Session Three: (1.5 hrs.) 12:00-1:30pm ET

Discretionary Termination and Other Forms of Prosecutorial Discretion for Survivors: In this session, we will cover policy-based strategies for representing survivors in removal proceedings, including prosecutorial discretion with OPLA and the ICE Victim-Centered Approach. Discussion will include both the letter of and intent behind the policies, how they are actually being implemented, and how past (and potential future) policies on prosecutorial discretion compare.

Speakers: Susan Roy, Law Office of Susan G. Roy; Cristina Velez, ASISTA.

Session Four: (1 hr.) 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Knowing What to Notice in the Notice to Appear: If you’re having trouble keeping up with the latest challenges to an NTA, you’re not alone! Still, knowing when proceedings should be dismissed for a deficient NTA is an essential aspect of removal defense. Panelists will bring you up to date on all you need to know about an NTA to know if it passes muster.

Speakers: Rebecca Scholtz, NIPNLG; Rebecca Eissenova, ASISTA;  Lia Ocasio, ASISTA.

Session Five: (1.5 hrs.) 3:30-5:00pm ET

Experts Roundtable: To round out the conference, we hear from experts on the many surprises and quagmires that can arise in the course of a removal case against a survivor. Drawing on questions from the audience and those that arise in ASISTA’s one-on-one strategy calls, we will discuss tips for client testimony issues, unexpected behavior from judges or OPLA attorneys, addressing cultural or language differences on the record, harnessing the new EOIR regulations, and other avant-garde practical advice.

Speakers:  Omar de la Cruz, CGRS; Corrie Hansen, CLINIC; Rebecca Press, Co-Counsel; Susan Roy, Law Office of Susan G. Roy; Rebecca Scholtz, NIPNLG.

Moderator: Kelly Byrne, ASISTA. 

Prices for full training (5 sessions = 8 CLE credit hrs.)

Note: Early bird pricing ends on August 13th. Prices for training will increase $51.75 on Wednesday, August 13th. Registration will close the day before the training on Tuesday, August 20th, 2024 at 5pm ET.  

Please note that effective June 29, 2024, training fees include all credit card processing costs. There will be no separate charges when paying by credit card. If you choose to pay by check, you will receive a 3.5% discount (please contact to confirm the correct amount). Please mail checks to: ASISTA, PO Box 12, Suffield, CT 06078.

CLE: 8 hrs of Texas MCLE credits will be applied for this conference. Certificates of attendance will be available upon request and completion of training.

Event registration is not transferable. Training revenue is a critical component of ASISTA’s funding, and we depend on it to continue our operations. As a result, we ask that everyone attending the conference or accessing the session recordings register in the appropriate category. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Questions: Contact Maria Lazzarino at with any questions.

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