Allison Davenport joined the ILRC in 2015 as a staff attorney based in California’s Central Valley, where she was born and raised. Prior to joining the ILRC, she was a clinical instructor with the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. At the clinic she directed the establishment of the Legal Support Program for undocumented students, the documentation of human rights abuses against LGBTI individuals in El Salvador, and the promotion of equal access to clean water in California. Allison practiced immigration law, first in private practice and then as founder of the immigration legal services program at Centro Legal de la Raza. Allison also formerly worked as a staff attorney with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a JD and an MA in Latin American Studies. Allison speaks Spanish.
After a long legal battle, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has restored the DACA program – allowing for both renewal and first time DACA applications – but uncertainty about the future of the program remains. This webinar will provide a refresher on preparing initial applications, including guidance on gathering evidence in the COVID-19 era, and red flags to watch out for. Special considerations for first-time applicants will also be outlined, so that eligible individuals can benefit from the program while also developing a long-term strategy. Finally, the webinar will place this recent legal victory in the larger context of the movement for immigrant rights and how to support efforts for inclusive immigration reform.