It is widely understood that there are adverse collateral immigration consequences of criminal convictions and interactions with the criminal justice system. In a similar vein and less understood are the potentially negative immigration consequences that can result from family court dispositions and findings.
Taught by Andrea Panjwani, Legal Director at the Center for Safety and Change, this program will provide an overview of the family court-immigration intersection, and will highlight helpful resources.
Andrea Panjwani is the legal director at the Center for Safety and Change (“CSC”), Rockland County’s rape crisis, domestic violence and human trafficking agency. In addition to providing shelter, counseling, case management, and forensic medical services to survivors, CSC provides family court and immigration legal services. Prior to joining the Center, Andrea served as the managing attorney of the immigration practice at My Sisters’ Place, Westchester County’s domestic violence and human trafficking agency. Andrea is the former co-director of the Immigrant Defense Project, a non-profit dedicated to reversing the disproportionate and harmful adverse immigration consequences that result from criminal and family court proceedings. Andrea has also served as the directing attorney at African Services Committee, a non-profit organization which provides housing, case management, HIV-related medical advocacy and civil legal and immigration services; clinical instructor and adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and staff attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami. Andrea sits on the New York State Advisory Council of Immigration Issues in Family Court, Padilla Working Group, New York Anti-Trafficking Network, Immigrant Rights Working Group and ICE Out of Courts steering committee. Andrea is a regular trainer on topics including human trafficking, immigration relief for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking, cross-cultural interviewing, immigrant rights and the adverse immigration consequences of family court dispositions. Andrea is the recipient of the Equal Justice Award, Louis J. Lefkowtitz Public Service Award, Above and Beyond Award and Commitment to Diversity in Legal Services and Pro Bono commendation.
Really enjoyed this speaker. She was very thorough.
A minor but important and growing aspect of practicing Immigration Law covered competently
exceptional lecturer and great course materials.
Good presenter, well prepared. Thanks!
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