With new public charge rules in place and new forms in use at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS), the time is now to brush up on public charge law and policy and retool to zealously represent immigrant clients navigating public charge inadmissibility under the Trump administration. In this webinar, we will outline the current public charge landscape, share policy updates, and explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped implementation of the new public charge rules and exacerbated many community members’ fears about public charge and accessing public benefits. We will review the new totality of the circumstances test under the DHS and DOS rules and offer tips for preparing and gathering evidence to complete new Forms I-944 and DS-5540. We will also offer other case preparation strategies to guide your representation from initial client consultation to green card interview.
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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.
Sarah is a Skadden Fellow at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) in San Francisco. She focuses on the intersection of immigration status and public benefits, family-based immigration, and relief options for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes. This includes writing and updating practice advisories, manuals, and other resources for immigrant community members, legal practitioners, and other advocates and services providers. Sarah also conducts in-person and webinar trainings and contributes to the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day legal technical assistance program.
Prior to the ILRC, Sarah completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology with an emphasis on immigration and the sociology of law. She 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 engaged in academic work on the U.S. legalization process, immigration lawyering, and immigrants’ access to education, employment, and public benefits.
As a law student, Sarah 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. She also externed at the San Francisco Immigration Court and was a Human Rights Center Fellow and editor of the California Law Review.
Sarah earned her J.D. from Berkeley Law, her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She speaks Spanish and Italian and is a member of the California bar.