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     Navigating the Challenges Faced by LGBT Clients

              Seeking Lawful Immigration Status

                          Free Webinar Series

              October 19, November 9 & November 15, 2011

Sponsored By: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center, California Rural Legal
 Assistance, Inc., Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the
                          Transgender Law Center

                       Total of 6.0 CA MCLE Credit*

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This webinar series will explore the LGBT experience in an immigration context
and is intended for legal practitioners as well as other service providers working
with LGBT immigrants. Our goal is to provide an overview of the immigration
options available to LGBT immigrants in light of the particular challenges faced
by this population. With that in mind, the team of experts presenting each
webinar will share the lessons learned from years of experience representing
LGBT immigrant clients; and they will provide a series of legal and practical tools
to confront the obstacles involved in such cases.

■ TO REGISTER: Download registration form and fax to
415-255-9792 or e-mail to

►Introducing the Challenges Faced by LGBT Immigrants and the
Humanitarian Immigration Options Available to Them

DATE: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT/ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT (2.0 CA MCLE)

DESCRIPTION: Understanding the challenges faced by LGBT individuals who seek
lawful immigration status can be the key to identifying viable immigration options
for those clients. This is also important in order to prepare a winning immigration
case, not only relying on successful legal arguments but also working as a team with
a client who trusts you understand them. This webinar will explore how these
challenges are relevant in the context of applications for humanitarian immigration
benefits, focusing on Asylum and U visas, but also mentioning T visas, VAWA’s and
SIJS. Among other things, our speakers will discuss how to work with a client to
articulate a particular social group based on sexual orientation and gender
presentation; or how to demonstrate substantial harm in a U visa claim based on a
hate crime. A portion of this webinar will be dedicated to discussing special
considerations for those serving the transgender immigrant community.

PRESENTERS: Dan Torres, Program Director/Attorney at California Rural Legal
Assistance, Inc.; Lourdes Martinez, Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource
Center; Matt Wood, Staff Attorney at the Transgender Law Center; and Noemi
Calonje, Immigration Project Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights

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►Marriage-Based Immigration and LGBT Couples

DATE: Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST/ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST (2.0 CA MCLE)

DESCRIPTION: The legal battle for marriage equality has provided a context for
LGBT immigrants and their US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident partners to
demand justice in the area of family-based immigration. While the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) and its application in immigration law are litigated in court, it
is important for attorneys and their clients to make informed decisions in light of
the limited options available to LGBT couples. In addition to providing an overview
of the state of the law, this webinar will focus on the tools currently available. Our
speakers will cover the recently announced policy on prosecutorial discretion.
Special attention will be given to the options and challenges for couples including
transgender spouses. Finally, business alternatives for couples without marriage-
based options will also be explored.

PRESENTERS: J Craig Fong, Immigration Attorney at Fong & Chun, LLP; Lourdes
Martinez, Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center; and Matt Wood,
Staff Attorney at the Transgender Law Center

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►Best Practices for Working with LGBT Immigrant Clients and for
Representing them Before the Government

DATE: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST/ 2:00 – 4:00 pm PST (2.0 CA MCLE)

DESCRIPTION: In addition to facing the difficulties that arise from language
barriers and cultural differences, LGBT immigrants may also be called to explore
and to share deeply personal and private experiences involving the process of self-
identifying as LGBT or coming-out to one’s family and community. These processes
may be on-going for some, or may have involved the very persecution that led
others to immigrate or to seek a particular immigration benefit. Therefore, it is
important for practitioners to feel comfortable discussing these matters with their
clients, preparing them to share their experiences and feelings with government
officials through written declarations and personal testimony. In less delicate cases,
it is still important to have the cultural competency to inspire trust in our clients
and to provide the most effective advocacy on their behalf, knowing, for example,
how to respond when our clients are treated with insensitivity, misunderstanding
or outright discrimination by government officials. Our team of immigration
specialists and a clinical psychiatrist will share stories to help illustrate how these
issues arise in real cases and will provide practical tools to help representatives
when confronting the same.

PRESENTERS: Ally Bolour, Immigration Attorney at the Law Offices of Ally Bolour;
J Craig Fong, Immigration Attorney at Fong & Chun, LLP; Dr. Stuart L. Lustig,
Director of Child Psychiatry Training at the University of California San Francisco;
and Lourdes Martinez, Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

*If you are member of another state bar, we will provide a Uniform Certificate of
Attendance. Please check with your state bar to see whether credits are transferrable.

                           Immigrant Legal Resource Center

                1663 Mission Street, Suite 602, San Francisco, CA 94103

                   (T) 415-255-9499 (F) 415-255-9792 (W)

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