DACA Updates

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90 minutes

During this 90-minute webinar, we will review the second draft of the DACA form that was released by USCIS in April 2014. We will also address more challenging eligibility questions, practice tips on the educational requirements, and advance parole for DACA recipients.

We were planning to present the final version of the DACA renewal form and instructions, however the USCIS has not yet announced the updated information. The updates were supposed to be released in mid-to-late-May 2014. There is a possibility that the form and updates to the USCIS FAQs will be announced the week of June 2nd, in which case we will cover them as best we can during this webinar.


Lena Graber, Special Projects Attorney:

Lena has been involved in Immigrants Rights work for ten years, focusing on enforcement and detention issues. Lena joined ILRC in 2013 as Special Projects Attorney to lead ILRC's work on DACA services and trainings, as well as contribute to ILRC legal manuals and enforcement advocacy. Prior to joining the ILRC, Lena was a Soros Justice Fellow at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, where she supported local campaigns against ICE detainers, Provided training and education on the detention and deportation system, and litigated constitutional rights cases related to ICE enforcement. Previously at the National Immigration Forum, Lena worked with border communities to improve accountability for human rights abuses by Border Patrol, and contributed to national immigration policy advocacy and reform efforts. Lena graduated from Wesleyan University George Washington University Law School, during which she worked on international human rights litigation in South Africa, co-managed a domestic violence email hotline, and aided local racial justice work with the Advancement Project and ONE DC. Lena is a proficient Spanish speaker, a tap dancer, and once she was an immigrant rights mime.

Aidin Castillo, Immigration Policy Attorney:

Working in Washington D.C., Aidin focuses on the effective implementation of DACA and bringing the voice of California's immigrant communities to immigration reform. A former ILRC summer intern, Aidin has been involved in immigration advocacy for nearly a decade. After graduating from U C Davis School of Law in 2011, she worked at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation in Sacramento, California, advising rural migrant communities of their rights. Her passion for immigrants' rights stems from her own experience as an immigrant from Mexico. In her free time, Aidin enjoys swimming and volunteering with DREAM Act related organizations.