2022 CILA Symposium Agenda

Thursday, May 19 & Friday, May 20, 2022

1:00-1:15pm Introduction Dalia Castillo-Granados, CILA
1:15-2:15 SIJS Beneficiaries and Naturalization Allison Gordon, Equal Justice Center; Natalie Hansen, Hansen & Taylor, PLLC 1 hr
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Unaccompanied Children and Ethics: A Practical Guide Alexandria Gomez & Rome Gonsoulin, St. Francis Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance 1 hr (ethics)
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:45 Best Practices for Representing Children in Competency Hearings Lauren Fisher Flores, RAICES; Carrie Vanderhoek Quintanilla, Young Center; Diana Tafur, RAICES; Dr. Bernadette Solorzano, Our Lady of the Lake University 1 hr
4:45-5:00 Closing CILA Team
10:00-10:10 Intro CILA Team
10:10-11:10 Innovative Communication Tools and Resources: Using Play, Active Engagement, and Trust Building with Unaccompanied Children Will Clements & Amari Verastegui, IRC 1 hr
11:10-11:25 Break
11:25-12:25 Prosecutorial Discretion: Putting a strong packet together, even after it has been referred to immigration court Diana Tafur, RAICES; Hensleigh Crowell, RAICES; Natasha Reyes-Diaz, DMRS El Paso; Yasmin Colon Colon, ProBAR 1 hr
12:25-12:45 Lunch Break
12:45-1:45 Getting Your Case Together: Asylum Affidavits & Exhibits Diana Tafur & Marien Vélez-Alcaide, RAICES 1 hr
1:45-2:00 Closing CILA Team
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