This year we’ve seen a wave of ICE hold policy changes across the nation. Many localities are no longer honoring ICE holds or only in limited circumstances. This webinar will discuss these changes and the implications for immigration practitioners, including how they may affect mandatory detention and motions in immigration court.
Francisco Ugarte, Immigration Specialist – San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
Francisco is an Immigration Specialist with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, where he advises criminal defenders how to navigate immigration consequences in criminal cases. He specializes in removal defense, and has litigated many successful suppression motions in immigration court. In 2009, Francisco litigated Matter of Garcia-Garcia, 25 I&N Dec. 93 (BIA 2009), which held that immigration courts had jurisdiction to order ICE to remove electronic ankle bracelets if they posed a hardship to the non-citizen. Francisco has worked on policy issues relating to immigration enforcement, and was recognized in 2011 by Chinese for Affirmative Action for his immigrant rights advocacy. He frequently lectures on topics relating to immigration enforcement. He previously worked as Senior Attorney at Dolores Street Community Services, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU Northern California and the Central American Resource Center of San Francisco.
Lena Graber, ILRC Special Projects Attorney
Lena has been involved in immigrant 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 and 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.
Grisel Ruiz, ILRC Defending Immigrants Law Fellow
Grisel joined the ILRC in 2012 through a fellowship focused on the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. Prior to joining the ILRC, Grisel was a litigation association at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Before Pillsbury, Grisel received the Stimson Fellowship to head a project jointly housed at the Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis School of Law and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, through which she co-founded “Know Your Rights” programs at two local ICE-contracted facilities. These projects provided individual representation, pro bono referrals, pro se materials, and case consultations to hundreds of detained immigrants in removal proceedings. Grisel also provided community presentations regarding constitutional rights when confronted by law enforcement and supervised law students in removal defense cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Grisel is fluent in Spanish and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School where she received the Tony Patiño Fellowship. Prior to law school she worked as a paralegal and coordinator at the National Immigrant Justice Center. She attended the University of Notre Dame for her B.A.