On October 19, 2106, The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition visited The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law to conduct a training session for students interested in pro bono opportunities with the organization.
Students were trained in jail visits and credible/reasonable fear interviews. CAIR Coalition conducts regular visits to jails in Virginia and Maryland in order to provide immigrant detainees information about immigration detention, their legal rights, options for fighting deportation, immigration court, and general information about the deportation process. Students were trained in assisting with intakes, interpreting, and distributing information to the detainees.
In addition, students were taught the process of being a volunteer advocate for individuals during the credible and reasonable fear interviews. Students interested in volunteering in this capacity will have the opportunity to practice their legal writing skills by providing a written memorandum summarizing the detainee’s story and what happened at the credible or reasonable dear interview before the asylum office.
Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition also have a free hotline to assist detained individuals which is completely staffed by volunteers. Students got the opportunity to learn about how they can volunteer in this role.
The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition strives to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children at risk of detention and deportation in the D.C. metropolitan area and beyond through direct legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys defending immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas.