This webinar is an advanced training for practitioners familiar with asylum. The webinar will take participants through the process of preparing and presenting an asylum claim on behalf of an unaccompanied immigrant child (UAC). Our presenters will address jurisdictional issues in UAC cases, child-specific legal standards and guidelines, strategies for approaching common claim types for UACs, and child-specific practice tips for preparing filings and representing children at asylum interviews. Throughout the webinar, our presenters will provide practice tips for working effectively and compassionately in partnership with child clients to build a successful case.
Bianca Z. Santos, Immigration Attorney & Director of International Human Rights Program - Pangea Legal Services
Bianca Santos is the Director of the International Human Rights Program and Immigration Attorney at Pangea Legal Services. Bianca provides direct legal representation to immigrants in removal proceedings. Prior to her work at Pangea, Bianca was the Program Director for the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative. During her work with the IMBR Initiative, she led the revision of the IMBR text and commentaries, the drafting of an IMBR handbook, and the creation of indicators based on the IMBR. In law school, Bianca represented an asylum seeker in immigration court through the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), worked for the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs/Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services in the Office of Policy Review and Inter-Agency Liason, and interned for Conectas Human Rights in São Paulo, Brazil. Bianca was a Global Law Scholar at Georgetown Law and received the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown Law and is a cum laude graduate of Rice University. Bianca is licensed to practice law in California. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Sarah I. Plastino, Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs - Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Sarah Plastino is the Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs in the Newark, New Jersey, office of Kids in Need of Defense. Sarah manages and oversees the provision of in-house and pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children throughout KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners in New Jersey. Prior to joining KIND, Sarah was a staff attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah was also a legal assistant at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, in Florence, Arizona, and an intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser. She received her J.D., cum laude, and Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center, where she participated in the Center for Applied Legal Studies, and was a Global Law Scholar. She received her B.A., summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina. She is admitted to practice law in New York. Sarah is originally from Philadelphia and resides in Brooklyn.
Lisa Frydman, Associate Director/Managing Attorney – UC Hastings College of the Law
Lisa’s extensive experience in asylum law before coming to CGRS in 2007 includes work as a staff attorney at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco and as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (now Americans for Immigrant Justice) in Miami, where she represented immigrant children seeking asylum and other types of immigration relief before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. Lisa regularly trains and mentors attorneys across the country. She has played an integral role in local and national efforts to improve policies and practices for immigrant children. Lisa graduated with honors from Boalt Hall School of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude. She speaks Spanish.
Lourdes Martinez, ILRC Staff Attorney
Lourdes, an immigrant herself, spent her childhood in central Mexico before moving with her family to the United States. Before joining ILRC, she 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. She also worked with the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, providing legal services and Know Your Rights presentations for immigrant detainees in Virginia. Finally, she spent a year with the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC, directly representing criminal defendants before the U.S. Parole Commission and drafting briefs for criminal court. Lourdes began her career in immigration law as a paralegal at Tindall & Foster, PC in Houston, Texas. She is fluent in Spanish and French.