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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in Legal Clinics and Pro Bono Programs

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Produced on July 19, 2016

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This course provides a basic overview of the longstanding humanitarian-based immigration program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), including the benefits of applying for TPS, general eligibility, and the application process. In particular, the presenters showcase the ways that TPS applications are perfectly suited for legal clinics and partnerships with large law firms and corporate in-house counsel.  

Temporary Protected Status can be issued by the United States to foreign nationals already present in the U.S. who hail from a country that was stricken by natural disaster, ongoing armed conflict, or other similar emergencies. At the tail end of 2014, because of an Ebola outbreak, three West African countries were designated for TPS by the United States. Two additional countries were designated in 2015—Nepal, due to a monstrous earthquake, and Yemen, due to civil war. TPS applications must be submitted within a short time frame after a country is designated, so attorneys must be prepared with a fast, organized response to efficiently assist applicants.   


Against this backdrop, attorneys Danny Alicea, Shintaro Araki, and Jerri Shick provide historical background about Temporary Protected Status. They also explain group application assistance models and the ways that large firms and corporate counsels can incorporate TPS application assistance clinics into their pro bono programs. The pro bono departments of major law firms have for a long time provided extensive assistance with immigration matters for indigent clients, including with TPS applications. Presenters describe ways major law firms have assisted TPS applicants in partnership with community-based organizations. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate the background about Temporary Protected Status
  2. Understand the nuts and bolts of TPS applications and why they are excellent for the legal clinic setting
  3. Discuss the ways law firms and corporate counsels can include TPS application assistance in their pro bono programs
  4. Identify specific challenges in the TPS context and how attorneys, large law firms, and corporate counsels can prepare for them 

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Danny Alicea

Fragomen Worldwide

Danny is the current Fragomen Fellow. Sponsored full-time by Fragomen, the Fellow is embedded within the City Bar Justice Center in New York City’s Bar Association. He is charged with increasing access to pro bono immigration counsel through direct representation, community outreach, and mentoring of pro bono attorneys.


As the Fellow, Danny provides support to the Justice Center’s Refugee Assistance Project and the Immigrant Women and Children Project. He also regularly fields inquiries through the Justice Center’s legal hotline and directly represents asylum-seekers, immigration applicants, and Respondents in removal proceedings.


Danny directs and oversees the New York City Immigrant Advocacy Initiative (NYCIAI). In this capacity, he recruits, trains, and mentors volunteer immigration attorneys for immigration consultation clinics throughout New York City. He also mentors pro bono attorneys from leading law firms as well as in solo and small firm practice.


Danny has over six years of humanitarian and family-based immigration experience. Prior to joining Fragomen, Danny served as Pro Bono Coordinator at Immigration Equality, where he managed the national pro bono LGBT asylum program and was a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative.


During law school, Danny served as the Editor-in-Chief of the City University of New York Law Review and as an Executive Board Member of the Latin American Law School Association. He interned in the immigration units of the HIV Law Project, NYLAG, and the New York Immigration Court.


Danny worked as a pro bono coordinator for Immigration Equality from 2008 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2014.

Danny speaks English and Spanish.

Shintaro Araki

Fragomen Worldwide

Shintaro manages the Japanese Business Group in the Firm’s New York office and practices exclusively in the field of business immigration law. As one of a few Japanese attorneys in the country specialized in the business immigration, he provides Japanese corporations in the United States and Japan with strategic consultation and guidance on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, policy and compliance. In particular, he has advised many multinational corporations on the immigration-related consequences of corporate mergers and acquisitions and corporate start-ups, as well as current practices at the U.S. consular posts in Japan.

Shintaro authored numerous articles on U.S. work visas and visa application procedures at the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo and the Consulate General of the U.S. in Osaka, Japan. He is a frequent speaker on current business immigration issues in a business seminar at a local Japanese business association in major cities across the US and Japan.

Shintaro speaks English and Japanese.

Jerri Shick

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Jerri is the Firm’s Pro Bono Counsel, managing the Firm’s national and international pro bono program, with a special emphasis on the work of O’Melveny’s New York office. In this role, she maintains relationships with various public interest legal services organizations, assists attorneys in obtaining new pro bono matters, manages large-scale pro bono projects, and develops innovative pro bono skills training programs, among other responsibilities.

Jerri is a member of the Federal Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee and Program Committee, The New York City Bar Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, and the Advisory Committee of Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust Survivors’ Justice Network. In addition, Jerri serves on several internal firm committees, including co-leading the Women’s Employee Network in New York.

Jerri was honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example” for Pro Bono in 2014. She was also recognized as the 2010 Volunteer Attorney of the Year by Bet Tzedek Legal Services for managing the Holocaust Survivors Justice Network in New York. In 2006, she received the O’Melveny & Myers Values Award, an award founded by Warren Christopher that is given to two of the firm’s associates/counsel who exemplify the firm’s values of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.

In addition to Jerri’s vast pro bono experience, she has worked on numerous white collar enforcement matters, securities class actions, and shareholder derivative litigations. She has represented individuals and companies in various regulatory enforcement matters, including investigations brought by the United States Department of Justice, the New York State Attorney General's Office, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, she has conducted corporate internal investigations on behalf of clients.


Jeremy C.

NIce course. I liked it alot.

Dorian H.

Info packed, great for beginners. Terrific presentation. Thank you.

Frederick D.

Would have been helpful if the narrator had provided a little more background on his involvement with the legal clinic and how the clinic was structured. Nonetheless, the presentation was effective and very helpful.

Taylor B.

Great course!

Robert D.

Excellent program, very helpful and makes working in TPS clinic seem manageable.

Julie A. B.


Paul S.

Great presentation of a new topic for me. Thanks!

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