Form N-648, the Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, provides an opportunity for naturalization applicants who have a physical, developmental, or mental health disability to naturalize without meeting the English and/or civics requirements. In this webinar, we will review the criteria for the N-648 and discuss how medical providers can complete a successful N-648 for naturalization applicants.
Melissa Rodgers, Director of Programs - Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Melissa Rodgers is the Director of Programs based in San Francisco. She directs the New Americans Campaign (NAC), a national initiative for which the ILRC serves as the lead agency, which brings together national and local organizations in partnership with a funder collaborative to increase naturalization among eligible lawful permanent residents. She contributes to the ILRC’s manual entitled, Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship: The Essential Legal Guide.
Melissa, who joined the ILRC in 2013, started her legal career working with mainly immigrant clients at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. She brings to the ILRC more than a decade of non-profit leadership experience. Prior to joining the ILRC, Melissa was the director of Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Health Care and Coverage program. Before that, she served as the Directing Attorney of the Child Care Law Center, the Associate Director of the UC Berkeley School of Law Center on Health, Economic & Family Security, and a Directing Attorney and Director of the Health Consumer Center at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. She founded a medical-legal collaboration program with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, created and co-taught medical-legal courses at both Stanford Law School/Stanford Medical School and University of California at Berkeley School of Law/University of California at San Francisco. She has authored articles, policy briefs, and reports in the area of health care.
Melissa has a Master’s of Education as well as a law degree with honors from Harvard University. She also has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the OneJustice Executive Fellowship program. Melissa is a member of the California bar. She is a native speaker of French and is conversant in Spanish.
Nasim Khansari, Citizenship Project Director – Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Nasim Khansari is the Citizenship Project Director and a Department of Justice-accredited representative at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. Khansari has been involved in the area of immigration for seven years, with a focus on immigrant integration. She began teaching ESL/civics courses at the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter joined Advancing Justice-LA. In 2013, she advocated for and successfully secured funds to launch Advancing Justice-LA’s first ESL/civics program to serve the Asian American immigrant community of Los Angeles. Khansari is currently a DOJ accredited representative II and supervises a dynamic team of 11 staff including both ESL/Civics instructors and legal staff providing full services in the area of naturalization to aspiring U.S. citizens. She also manages a national, statewide, and local network of Asian Pacific Islander-serving organizations helping to build and sustain capacity for naturalization work to the API community across the country. She is a board member of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and will graduate from Loyola Law School in December 2017 with her Juris Doctor. Khansari was also a panelist for the White House convening on New Americans, a lead organizer for the citizenship track at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in 2016 and 2017, and organized a number of citizenship workshops at various national, statewide, and local conferences.