Successfully Litigating Venezuelan Asylum Claims (12-15-22)

This program will teach advocates how to analyze asylum claims for Venezuelan applicants and how to best to prepare for litigation before the Asylum Office and the Immigration Court. After this training, attendees will understand the country conditions and political context in which most Venezuelan asylum claims arise. Attendees will also understand the asylum legal standards around political opinion, with a particular emphasis on understanding the caselaw about how to prove political opinion claims using direct and circumstantial evidence. We will then help advocates to understand tips for presenting to defend against Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds. Finally, we will prepare advocates to make these claims before Immigration Court, and to understand the nuances of presenting these cases before Immigration Judges.

Note: This training focuses on Second Circuit law.

  • CLE Credits
    Areas of Professional Practice: 2.00
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Practice Area(s)
  • Price: $0
  • Materials
    Contains 4 training item(s)

About the Faculty

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    Rebecca Press (Speaker)

    Rebecca Press (She/Her) is UnLocal’s Legal Director, leading the Legal Team in providing representation to New York’s immigrant communities, including those at imminent risk of deportation, those fleeing persecution, the long-time undocumented, and many others. Rebecca has over ten years of experience representing immigrants of all ages in removal proceedings, with a particular focus in Asylum and Protection under the Convention Against Torture. She practices regularly before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition, Rebecca clerked at the New York Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Department of Justice Honors Program. Prior to joining UnLocal, Rebecca was Supervising Attorney at Central American Legal Assistance and at The Legal Aid Society, and a Chadbourne and Parke Fellow at The Door’s Legal Services Center. Before law school, Rebecca worked as a paralegal at Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project and the New York Association for New Americans.
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    Dave Wilkins (Speaker)

    Dave Wilkins (he, him) is the Director of Immigration and LGBTQ/HIV+ Advocacy at Staten Island Legal Services. Before joining Legal Services NYC, he was an Asylum Officer at the Newark Asylum Office. He was an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow and a Staff Attorney at Central American Legal Assistance in Brooklyn, where his practice focused on representing Central American asylum seekers in removal proceedings. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an advocate in and research assistant for the Center for Applied Legal Studies clinic and received a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies.