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MAY 2013

This update, which includes recent City Bar reports and upcoming programs on issues of immigration law, will be issued periodically to City Bar members who work in or have an interest in the practice of immigration law and policy.

City Bar Releases Policy Recommendations for Next Mayor
The New York City Bar Association has released a report containing a wide range of policy recommendations for New York City’s next Mayor. A collaborative effort of two dozen City Bar Committees, the report was released on Law Day to underscore the relevance and scope of the law-related issues affecting New Yorkers; the report includes sections with recommendations to improve immigrant populations' access to social welfare benefits, promote collaboration for securing U-Visa certification, and continuation of support services for human trafficking victims.

For a copy of the report highlighting these and many other critical policy issues facing the city, click here.

Involvement in Federal Immigration Legislation
The Immigration and Nationality Law Committee has been heavily involved in negotiations regarding the immigration legislation currently pending in the United States Senate. Committee members have been meeting with key Senate staffers and Executive Branch officials and other groups involved with the legislation. The Committee has written two letters addressing aspects of the legislation (please see the Reports section below) and is working on amendments to the legislation.

Programs

Challenges in Courtroom Interpretation: Effectively and Ethically Securing Language Access for Your Client
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Targeted Killings Away From a “Hot” Battlefield: Exploring the Legal Issues
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Missed a Program? You Can Still Benefit! CLE Programs' CDs, DVDs and other course
materials can be found on the website.

Immigration Reform
The Immigration and Nationality Law Committee sent two letters to congress concerning the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744). The first letter focused on the right to counsel aspects in the bill, expressing support for the bill as a strong and serious step forward as it contemplates the right to free counsel for certain particularly vulnerable groups. However, the letter urged that the bill be expanded to include universal representation for indigent immigrant detainees, including those facing deportation proceedings, and made further recommendations. The second letter focused on the steps the legislation takes to reduce the Department of Homeland Security’s over-detention of non-citizens and offers additional steps Congress can take to further reduce detention and ensure due process.

Immigration Detainers
In a joint letter to the New York City Council, the Committees on Criminal Courts, Civil Rights, Corrections and Community Reentry, Domestic Violence, and Immigration and Nationality Law expressed support for the Council’s efforts to strengthen current limitations on the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers. Though the letter acknowledges that much has been done by the City to address the problems caused by ICE detainers, more needs to be done through City Council legislation to reduce the harm these detainers inflict on the City and its immigrant community while not posing legal impediments to ICE’s power to place any individual in removal proceedings. ICE detainers, the letter notes, still undermine basic principles of fairness and due process, erode community trust and raise concerns of racial profiling, interfere with the criminal justice system, endanger New York’s immigrant community, and cost the City millions of unreimbursed dollars every year, as individuals are held in city jails for an average of 73 days longer when detainers are issued.

International Violence Against Women Act
In a letter to New York congressional representatives, the Committees on African Affairs, Domestic Violence, and Sex and Law urged them to co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) pending in the House. The legislation is designed to prevent and respond to the widespread and egregious violence against girls and women that afflicts communities and countries across the globe, including domestic violence, rape, acid burnings, so-called honor killings, forced marriage, and other gross violations of human rights. Among its provisions, the bill would create a new office in the State Department to address these issues, including an Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, and would provide mechanisms to target funding and otherwise take into account the efforts of nations receiving U.S. aid to stem gender violence. [The City Bar recently lobbied New York's Congressional representatives to re-introduce I-VAWA in the current legislative session.]

Committee Involvement--It's Never too Late
Committees are how the City Bar’s work gets done. Working on a committee can give you great experience while opening up a number of career doors, some you may not even anticipate.

A full list of the City Bar committees along with a brief description of each and an application form can be found on the City Bar’s website. As a number of City Bar committees have more applicants than available slots, please consider applying to more than one committee.