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Tuesday, January 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Antonio A. Camacho, Vice President, LLSA
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Nora Ellmann, Antonio Camacho and Liana Montecino
Nora Ellmann, Legal Assistant--Detained Adult Program and Cair Volunteer Coordinator; Antonio A. Camacho, UDC Law Student and LLSA Vice President; Liana Montecino, UDC Law Student and LLSA President

On Jan. 26, 2018, Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA), in collaboration with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, sponsored a volunteer jail visit training at UDC Law. More than 60 people attended the jail visit training, which LLSA President Liana Montecinos called “a great recurring event for UDC students who are still looking for ways to complete their 40 hours community service requirement for their Law and Justice.”

Each year, the U.S. government detains nearly 400,000 immigrants. Adult immigrants who are arrested in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are detained in local jails in Virginia and Maryland, but there is no right for a free appointed counsel in immigration court.  Moreover, each year thousands of unaccompanied children enter the United States. The vast majority of these children are fleeing horrific levels of violence in their home countries.

CAIR Coalition provides legal services to these detained immigrant men, women and children. During volunteer orientations, CAIR informs new members on immigration proceedings, detainees’ legal rights in Immigration Court, the deportation process and their legal defenses. These volunteers will assist pro bono immigration attorneys by interviewing clients and creating preliminary reports, organizing their case files and providing foreign language translation services. Once training is completed, volunteers will assist detainees either by phone or in person in any of the detention centers.

Among the attendees were UDC Law students and community leaders Mr. Rudy Arredondo, President of the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association and Mrs. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, Community Chair, Delaware Hispanic Commission.

Trainees in the classroom


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