This free webinar is sponsored by members of Ready to Stay, a collaborative that includes ILRC and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) among other members. It is co-sponsored by CLINIC.
The webinar will provide an overview of TPS including background on TPS, description of the country designation process, and a review of current designations. The panelists will also describe the eligibility requirements, including: nationality (or statelessness, and last habitually resided in the country designated), continuous physical presence, continuous residence, not inadmissible, not subject to criminal bars, and not subject to asylum bars. Finally, the presenters will discuss practical considerations for assisting clients registering under the new designations for Afghanistan and Ukraine.
The speakers will also describe resources for further information on TPS.
Peggy Gleason, who has dedicated her career to immigrant rights, joined ILRC in 2019 as a senior staff attorney in Washington, D.C.
She worked most recently in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, dealing with civil rights complaints concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Earlier, she worked on family and humanitarian immigration policy and legal issues for the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman and on legal access issues for the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Before her time with the federal government, she was a senior attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s training and technical support section for 23 years, providing technical assistance and training to CLINIC’s affiliated programs and other nonprofits nationwide. She also represented immigrant clients of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services for the Archdiocese of Washington. She began fulltime practice of immigration law while working for the Colorado Rural Legal Services Farmworker Program.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Ibero-American Studies and earned her J.D. at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Colorado Bar.
Peggy is a frequent speaker on immigration law topics and contributor to publications. She speaks Spanish.
Riddle provides training and legal support to member agencies and other organizations nationwide and is based in CLINIC’s Asheville, North Carolina, office. She previously worked as an Advocacy Attorney for CLINIC’s State and Local Immigration Project.
Prior to joining CLINIC in 2013, Riddle advocated for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington. She represented immigrants in private practice for five years in San Francisco and led legislative advocacy efforts for immigration reform as volunteer advocacy liaison for her local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Riddle is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and California. Before law school, she worked on refugee resettlement projects as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan.