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Refugee buy-out: Swiss village votes to pay fine to keep refugees out

At a time when 70 percent of Swiss voters backed a proposal to speed up the asylum procedures, one village with population of 2,000 (300 of whom are millionaires) is opting to pay 250,000 euros in fines to avoid taking just 10 refugees.

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ASYLEE AND REFUGEE NORTHERN BORDER DEVELOPMENTS – 844-292-1318 Wyoming legal aid

ASYLEE AND REFUGEE NORTHERN BORDER DEVELOPMENTS

Handouts and Power Points for AILA members: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=42322 and if you are not an AILA member request a copy of handouts via email: jgrasmick@grasmick.com

ASYLEE AND REFUGEE BORDER DEVELOPMENTS

NOVEMBER 21, 2012
Vive, Inc., 50 Wyoming Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215 USA (716) 892-4354
12:00 noon Thanksgiving meal provided by Upstate AILA, catered by Fat Bob’s Smokehouse
1:00PM 1 hr. substantive CLE program in cooperation with the ECBA Erie Institute of Law. To purchase CLE credit and the DVD: Contact Mary Kohlbacher mkohlbacher@eriebar.org at the Erie County Bar Association
CLE: 1 hour

ASYLEE AND REFUGEE BORDER DEVELOPMENTS
Joining residents and staff of VIVE law Casa at Thanksgiving dinner, followed by an update on Refugee and Asylum Law

A JOINT OFFERING OF THE ERIE INSTITUTE OF LAW AND THE UPSTATE NY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION. CATERED BY: Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

This program is for:

• Immigration lawyers, paralegals
• Not-for-profit refugee advocates & administrators

You will learn this:

• How to handle an asylum case.

• Special issues for Northern border lawyers.

• Developments in Canada that affect our refugees.

AILA Chapter Members can prepare by listening to free CDs about Asylum (W104, W105, T238, T240, T242, S408-free CLE included) from the AILA 2012 National Conference requesting this CD from our free lending library via Maggie Catillaz mcatillaz@hselaw.com

Another AILA resource: September 6: ‘Pushing the Envelope’: An Update on Cutting Edge Issues in Asy-lum Law [Audio Seminar] Asylum law is an area of law that is ever changing, especially as it relates to social group analysis. Hear from practitioners who push the envelope by broadening the pool of eligible applicants for this critical form of humanitarian relief.

Speakers:

Michael E. Marszalkowski has nearly 30 years of experience practicing law, with a preponderant focus on U.S. immigration law. He is President of the Board of VIVE. He is AV peer rated (highest possible legal ability and ethics) since 1995. He held the position of Chair of the Erie County Bar Association immigration Committee.
Jennifer L. Rizzo is Immigration Legal Services Director at Journey’s End Refugee Services, an organization with the mission to help refugees become healthy, independent, contributing members of the community. She graduated from UB Law School with a JD degree, concentrating in International Law. Ms. Rizzo also holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ithaca College. She is admitted to practice in NY and Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Ms. Rizzo worked as broadcast journalist for TV news stations in Buffalo, Florida and Vermont and served as overseas correspondent for Deutsche Welle Radio, traveling extensively in Europe and Africa. A Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, she speaks Spanish and German.

Part 1. Would you like to handle an asylum case? Here is how to do it. Primer on local asylum and refugee law. You will learn

• How to show nexus: connection to one of 5 grounds of persecution: Race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion

• Statutory bars to asylum: Filing later than 1 year, convicted of serious crime, firmly resettled in another country, & engaged in terrorism

• Other problems a lawyer can solve: Getting work authorization, ID, benefits, family members here, travel permission and document

Part 2. Special issues for northern border lawyers.

• The “clocks,” law vs. Upstate NY reality: Asylum EAD Clock: 180 days before an asylum applicant is eligible to receive employment authorization. Asylum adjudications clock: 180 days in which an asylum decision must be litigated.

• Country condition reports that affect Upstate NY asylees most strongly.

Part 3. What is happening in Canada and how that affects our refugees.

• Change in general Canadian attitudes, law and practice towards refugees
• Major developments by country group.

Refer questions about this production to Joseph C. Grasmick, Upstate NY AILA, jgrasmick@grasmick.com