Learn about the latest issues in public charge inadmissibility and access to public benefits for non-citizens. This webinar will include an update on a recent regulatory proposal regarding public charge inadmissibility by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. We will also cover how to prepare immigrant visa applications to avoid public charge findings and I-601A revocations in light of changes to the FAM, as well as other recent developments.
Ann Block is a contract attorney with the ILRC based in Davis and San Francisco. She has been with the ILRC part-time since 2009 and also maintains a private practice in Davis, California. Ann has expertise in family immigration, naturalization and citizenship, VAWA and U visas, asylum, removal defense, and extensive experience with immigration consequences of criminal convictions. She provides technical assistance through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program, mentoring and assisting nonprofit attorneys and staff, public defenders and private attorneys with a wide variety of immigration law questions and cases.
She has contributed to several ILRC manuals, including Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit; Naturalization & U.S. Citizenship; Inadmissibility and Deportability; The VAWA Manual; The “U” Visa; Hardship in Immigration Law; Families and Immigration; Inadmissibility and Deportability; FOIA Requests and Other Background Checks; and A Guide for Immigration Advocates Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit and has authored articles, presented webinars and served as a panelist on a number of immigration issues for the ILRC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG).
Prior to the ILRC, Ann gained extensive private and nonprofit experience as a staff attorney for Park & Associates, Catholic Charities in San Mateo, the International Institute of San Francisco, and her own solo private practice. Ann has additional teaching experience as a former adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law, supervising the Immigration Clinic and teaching the podium course on Immigration Law. She has also served on the California State Bar’s Immigration and Nationality Law Commission (INLAC), the entity that certifies attorneys as immigration law specialists, including as both vice-chair and chair of INLAC.
Ann earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis where she represented clients through the prison law clinic and immigration law clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she double-majored in psychology and political science. Ann is admitted to the bar in California and is conversant in Spanish, with working knowledge of written French.
Ariel Brown joined the ILRC in April 2017. After five years in private practice at a well-respected immigration firm in Sacramento, Schoenleber & Waltermire, PC, Ariel brings extensive practical experience to the ILRC. She has experience filing numerous immigration applications and regularly appearing before USCIS, ICE, and EOIR, with cases spanning the areas of removal defense, family-based adjustment of status and consular processing, DACA, naturalization, SIJS, U visas, and VAWA. She was also involved in establishing Sacramento’s rapid response network to respond to immigration enforcement action, and served as an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)-USCIS liaison.
Ariel contributes to the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day legal technical assistance program, as well as writing and updating practice advisories and manuals and presenting on family-based topics for ILRC webinars.
Prior to joining the ILRC, Ariel also briefly volunteered with the International Institute of the Bay Area in Oakland, and Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Richmond. In law school, Ariel was a student advocate with the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, assisting with cancellation of removal cases for indigent noncitizens, and an editor for the Journal of International Law and Policy.
Ariel earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in anthropology. Ariel is admitted to the state bar in California.
Em joined the ILRC in January 2018 as a San Joaquin Valley Law Fellow. They bring more than a decade of experience working with immigrant communities throughout the country, including Iowa, Chicago, Phoenix, New York City, and areas throughout California. As a law student at UC Berkeley, Em participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and interned at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, Dolores Street Community Services, and East Bay Community Law Center.
After obtaining a J.D. in 2014, Em was placed at Legal Services NYC as part of the inaugural class of Immigrant Justice Corps fellows in New York City. During this fellowship, Em provided direct representation to LGBTQ individuals, survivors of family violence, long-time permanent residents, and women and children recently arrived from Central America. Em also assisted detained women and children through the credible fear interview process at the Karnes Family Detention Center in Karnes, Texas.
Prior to joining ILRC, Em worked as an Attorney Advisor through the U.S. DOJ Attorney General Honors Program. In this position, they advised immigration judges in the San Francisco Immigration Court on issues related to grounds of removability, relief from removal, suppression of evidence, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and post-conviction relief. Em graduated with an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC San Diego and is fluent in Spanish.