Bewildered by the many policy changes and litigation efforts surrounding public charge? Unsure if you’re prepared to counsel and advise clients on how public charge could impact their ability to get a family-based green card or visa to enter the United States? Join us for this FREE webinar as we discuss the challenges our immigrant clients are currently facing around public benefits and immigration status, and strategies to help clients overcome public charge concerns at various administrative agencies. This webinar will review the latest developments in public charge policy and regulations under the Trump administration. We will cover the public charge grounds of inadmissibility and deportability in detail, offering tools to evaluate your clients’ cases and prepare strong cases on their behalf.
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.
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.