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Update on Equality4All’s Pro Bono Attorney Resources
September 13, 2016 at 4:27 pm

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By: Tami Martin, Program Associate

Undocumented people who call this country home often lack legal assistance to navigate barriers to healthcare and work authorization. These barriers are doubly challenging for the estimated 250,000 Californians who are both undocumented and LGBT.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action by President Obama, allows young people who call America home, who have strong ties to the country, and who contribute to their communities the chance to have a measure of stability in their day-to-day lives. Approximately one third of the country’s DACA-eligible people live in California. There are not nearly enough immigration attorneys to assist all of them.

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As part of the Equality4All program, the Equality California Institute (EQCAI) bolsters the pool of attorneys who are qualified to offer this crucial assistance. EQCAI developed a free, on-demand webinar that provides a foundation for working with LGBT undocumented clients. EQCAI partnered with the Pro Bono Training Institute and One Justice to release the webinar in conjunction with a training on the history and requirements of DACA.

In developing a curriculum, EQCAI incorporated feedback from its Equality4All partners, a statewide network of LGBT organizations that are helping undocumented individuals come out of the shadows and fully integrate into the economic, civic, and social life of the state. The LGBT sensitivity training covers the basics of sexual orientation and gender identity, the effect that overlapping identities can have on the needs of undocumented clients, and the importance of creating a welcoming environment in a legal setting. Both our webinar and the DACA training are eligible for Continuing Legal Education credit.

On August 2, EQCAI participated in a live webinar with Lambda Legal and the National Immigration Law Center that trained attendees on DACA assistance and the needs of the LGBT undocumented community. The webinar ended with a live Q&A portion with our expert panelists.

Nearly 50 attorneys from various practice areas, BIA-Accredited Representatives, and immigration professionals have accessed these trainings. Be part of the change on behalf of all of our diverse communities.


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