Date and Time:
08/25/2020 11:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Recorded Date:
Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 11:00am
Allison Davenport
Sarah Lakhani
1.0 CA
Recording, $0.00

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state, and local governments are creating relief programs to provide services and resources to community members facing health and financial challenges. However, due in part to the overlapping timeline of coronavirus and the implementation of new public charge rules, many immigrant community members are fearful of utilizing available relief programs. In this 60-minute webinar, we will provide a brief overview of public charge, share policy updates on public charge topics, and discuss various emerging public charge issues related to COVID-19. The webinar will provide an overview of various relief programs, explain how use of those programs could trigger public charge consequences, and discuss how to distinguish benefits programs that immigrants might access because of financial hardship stemming from COVID-19 from COVID-19 emergency programs insofar as public charge ramifications. Note: this will be a California-focused webinar.


Allison Davenport

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.

Sarah Lakhani

Sarah joined the ILRC as a Skadden Fellow in September 2019. She is based in San Francisco and focuses on the intersection of immigration status and public benefits. 

Sarah earned her J.D. from Berkeley Law. As a law student, she worked at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the East Bay Community Law Center, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, the ILRC, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, Sarah externed at the San Francisco Immigration Court, was a Human Rights Center Fellow, and served as an Associate Editor of the California Law Review.

Before law school, Sarah completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with an emphasis on immigration and the sociology of law. She also volunteered as a law clerk at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, assisting on humanitarian-based immigration cases. After UCLA, Sarah was a Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at Berkeley Law, where she conducted empirical research on removal hearings and immigration judge practices. Prior to graduate school, Sarah received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and studied abroad at the Università di Bologna in Italy.

Sarah is the author or co-author of academic articles on various immigration topics, including the U.S. legalization process, immigration lawyering, and immigrants’ access to education, employment, and public benefits. Sarah speaks Spanish and Italian and is a member of the California bar.