Public interest immigration attorney Dorien Ediger-Seto will talk about her work defending people in deportation proceedings in Arizona with the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. She will also discuss the Florence Project’s many exciting summer and post-graduate opportunities. Dorien currently defends people who are designated incompetent to represent themselves in deportation proceedings. Previously at the Florence Project, Dorien provided legal services to both unaccompanied minors and to pro se adults. She has also worked closely with grassroots organizers in Arizona to build detention visitation and hospitality networks, organized to shut down ICE’s contract with a local county jail, and supported Tucson communities targeted by local police-Border Patrol collaboration with the Tucson Rapid Response Network. Dorien is a 2017 graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where she advocated for and alongside Muslim, Arab, and South Asian New Yorkers unfairly targeted by DHS and the FBI as a student in the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic and CUNY CLEAR. The Florence Project is the only organization that provides free legal and social services to unaccompanied minors and adults detained for deportation proceedings in Arizona. Since its foundation in 1989, the Florence Project has pioneered a pro se assistance popular education model that led to federal funding to assist pro se litigants nationally, advocated for increased representation of people with mental disabilities in removal proceedings, and fought to keep families together in the wake of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy this past summer. Today, the Project is a national leader in removal defense, with over 70 staff working at the front lines of the struggle for due process, human rights, and a just immigration policy on the Arizona-Mexico border.
Feel free to bring your lunch.
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Room: PILC/OCS Library, Furman Hall 442
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