Convictions and other criminal system contact jeopardize eligibility for asylum and withholding of removal. Recent regulations have expanded these criminal bars to these critical forms of protection from persecution. This webinar will discuss up-to-date case law on the "particularly serious crime" and other regulatory criminal bars to asylum and withholding, strategies for challenging criminal bars in immigration court, and pursuing protection under the Convention Against Torture ("CAT") for clients who are not eligible for asylum or withholding due to convictions or other criminal bars.
Erin Quinn is an attorney based in San Francisco. Her work focuses on building capacity of organizations and practitioners to assist immigrants. She conducts trainings on immigration law throughout the United States and provides legal expertise through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program. Erin has contributed to numerous ILRC publications as author or editor, including Removal Defense: Defending Immigrants in Immigration Court; Essentials of Asylum and many others. In addition, Erin works on issues related to immigration status and healthcare as well as consumer protection. She has published articles with LexisNexis Emerging Issues and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Prior to coming to the ILRC, Erin represented immigrants in all aspects of their immigration matters, with an emphasis on removal defense and complex cases. She was owner and attorney at her own firm for 5 years after defending immigrants as an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe. Her experience in immigration law and policy includes working as a fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, EU headquarters in Belgium; clerking for the Immigration Court of San Francisco; and teaching courses as a lecturer at California State University, East Bay. Erin is on the Advisory Council for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), in which she serves as Consumer Protection Coordinator.
Erin holds a joint degree in law and public policy (JD/MPP) from the University of Michigan, where she was co-editor of Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in English and Anthropology. She is a member of the California Bar and proficient in Spanish.
Andrew joined the ILRC as a staff attorney in 2019 and focuses on a range of issues involving the consequences of criminal legal system contact for noncitizens. He has worked at this intersection of immigration and criminal law for nearly a decade, first as a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders and then as a supervising litigation attorney at the Immigrant Defense Project. In those capacities, he engaged in impact litigation affecting the rights of immigrants in the criminal legal system and their vulnerability to deportation, represented noncitizens in removal proceedings in detained and nondetained immigration court cases in New York and New Jersey and in affirmative applications before the immigration agencies, challenged ICE enforcement abuses, advised noncitizens with pending cases in criminal and family courts, and co-led an advocacy campaign in New York seeking to end ICE arrests of immigrants attending state court proceedings. He is a frequent presenter and trainer on representing and defending immigrants with criminal convictions and currently sits on the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. He is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where he was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics. He speaks Spanish and is conversant in French.