This webinar will cover the latest and most up-to-date information on DACA eligibility and the request process, including tips and practice pointers for documenting an approvable DACA request, red flags to watch out for, issues that are receiving Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs), and more.
Lourdes Martinez, Staff Attorney – ILRC
Before joining ILRC, Lourdes worked as an immigration attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center in the DC metropolitan area, where she represented immigrant women and girls survivors of gender-based violence on immigration matters. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where she was awarded the JB & Maurice Shapiro Public Service Fellowship for her dedication to public interest law. While in law school, she worked on international human rights litigation involving cases from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean both, with the International Human Rights Clinic at GWU and as a law clerk with the Center for Justice and International Law in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Barbara Pinto, Ralph Santiago Abascal Law Fellow – ILRC
Barbara’s work is to provide advocacy, outreach, and assistance to immigrants and immigration practitioners regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s prosecutorial discretion policies, including the recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as assist immigrants in their requests for exercise of discretion and deferred action. Growing up as an immigrant in San Francisco, she enjoys working with and understands the struggles of the immigrant community. She graduated from UC Hastings, College of the Law and during law school interned at various organizations in the Bay Area, including the Refugee & Human Rights Clinic, S.F. Human Rights Commission, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from San Francisco State University.