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Date and Time:
11/17/2020 11:00am to 12:30pm PST
Recorded Date:
11/17/2020
Place:
Online
Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 12:30pm
MCLE:
1.5 CA

As changes continue to unfold with the DACA program and many immigrant youth have been left out of the program, it is important that immigrant youth are being screened and informed of all immigration options. Immigration law provides a path for individuals to obtain lawful permanent residence through employment-based (EB) “preference immigrant” categories, but it is often an unfamiliar area for many practicing immigration law. This webinar will focus on screening for EB options, the process for applying for an EB visa, and obtaining a green card. Presenters will also give information on resources available for those who are interested in learning more about the process and partnering with agencies already working in this area of law.

Presenters

Krsna Avila, Special Projects Attorney - ILRC

Krsna is based in San Francisco, California, and focuses on immigration enforcement issues, including state and local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration agencies in unlawfully deporting immigrants, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals advocacy.

Krsna joins the ILRC with a wealth of personal and professional immigration experience. Having immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was only four months old, Krsna grew up as an undocumented immigrant. Prior to law school, Krsna worked closely with the ILRC to establish a legal services program at Educators for Fair Consideration. As their Legal Services Manager, Krsna provided legal support to undocumented youth throughout the country.

Directly feeling the effects of our unjust immigration system, Krsna quickly became interested in attending law school in order to understand the legal system from a different lens.

While in law school, Krsna worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington D.C. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California where he supported litigation regarding free speech and racial discrimination issues. He also participated in the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic, where he helped represent a client before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Krsna also volunteered with the European Council on Refugees and was an editorial member for the Cornell Legal Information Institute U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin.

Krsna earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, and his law degree from Cornell Law School where he received the 2017 Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights for his commitment to civil rights and public service.

Veronica Garcia, Special Projects Attorney, San Joaquin Valley - ILRC

Veronica joined the ILRC in December 2017 as a San Joaquin Valley Law Fellow.  Prior to joining ILRC, Veronica completed an Equal Justice Works Fellowship at Centro Legal de La Raza as an DACA/DAPA Emerson Fellow.  Veronica is a graduate of Howard University School of Law.  During Law school, Veronica interned at various immigrant right organizations, including Kids in Need of Defense and New York Legal Aid. Additionally, Veronica was recognized by the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington D.C. (HBA-DC) for her commitment to the advancement of the Hispanic community by being awarded the inaugural HBA-DC Foundation Scholarship.

As an immigrant who grew up in Oakland California, Veronica strives to use her legal education and experience working directly with immigrant communities.

Dan Berger, Partner - Curran, Berger & Klundt

Dan Berger is a partner at the immigration law firm of Curran, Berger & Kludt in Northampton, MA. He is a founding member of the US Alliance of International Entrepreneurs, an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, on the Legal Advisory Board of the Presidents’ Alliance on Immigration & Higher Education, and a member of the USCIS Case Assistance Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). 

He is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration, and was the editor for Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, the International Adoption Sourcebook, and the Diplomatic Visa Guide. He also wrote an Issue Brief for the American Council on Education (ACE) after the 2016 election, and was a co-author on a “Note” on immigration in 2017 for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).  In 2020, Dan has presented to the Federal Relations Council of the American Association of Universities (AAU), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA). He is also scheduled to present to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Dan has been quoted in various media including the Atlantic Magazine and the Huffington Post

Dan has a particular focus on DACA and undocumented students, providing advice and evaluating options for longer term status, and is an immigration law adviser to two grants on the use of DNA technology in immigration. 

Dan developed his interest in immigration at Harvard University, where he studied immigration history and taught English to adult refugees.  Dan graduated from Cornell Law School and has been an immigration attorney for over 20 years.