Presented: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Description: The legal battle for marriage equality has provided a context for LGBT immigrants and their US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident partners to demand justice in the area of family-based immigration. While the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and its application in immigration law are litigated in court, it is important for attorneys and their clients to make informed decisions in light of the limited options available to LGBT couples. In addition to providing an overview of the state of the law, this webinar will focus on the tools currently available. Our speakers will cover the recently announced policy on prosecutorial discretion. Special attention will be given to the options and challenges for couples including transgender spouses. Finally, business alternatives for couples without marriage-based options will also be explored.
Presenters: J Craig Fong, Immigration Attorney at Fong & Chun, LLP; Victoria Neilson, Legal Director at Immigration Equality; Matt Wood, Staff Attorney at the Transgender Law Center; and Lourdes Martinez, Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.