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Victory for Liberians in the U.S.: Deferred Enforced Departu

Victory for Liberians in the U.S.: Deferred Enforced Departure, A Pathway to Citizenship, and An Immigration Success Story 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Program Fee: 
Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members 
Non-Lawyers please call Customer Relations to register at (212) 382-6663 .

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details of how to access the webinar.

Join us for an interactive panel conversation with advocates who, along with key community leaders, secured a rare victory for Liberian nationals whose protected status in the United States, known as Deferred Enforced Departure (“DED”), was slated to be cancelled.  As a result of the rapid mobilization of community leadership and advocacy before Congress and the White House in 2019, under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), many Liberians here in the U.S. now qualify for lawful permanent residence (also known as a “green card”) and a pathway to citizenship.  Join us for a discussion of the various legal, media, and legislative strategies that Liberian, African, and Black immigrant-led community organizations applied to secure this victory.  Panelists will provide insight into the strategies that were the most successful in building a movement to hold Congress and the White House accountable.

Tsion Gurmu, 
Legal Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Founder and Director, Queer Black Immigrant Project

Amaha Kassa, Founder and Executive Director, African Communities Together 
Yatta Kiazolu, a named Plaintiff in ACT et al. v. Trump et al., and a Liberian DED holder

Patrice Lawrence, Co-Director, UndocuBlack Network

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Immigration and Nationality Law, Victoria Neilson, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:
African Affairs, Victoria Lynn Safran, Chair
Civil Rights, Zoey Chenitz, Chair
International Human Rights, Lauren Melkus, Chair

New York City Bar Association 42 West 44th St New York, NY 10036 UNITED STATES

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