On February 10, 2017 New York Law School hosted the Asylum and Immigration Conference, welcoming more than 300 attorneys for a full-day CLE on pressing immigration issues. The conference convened leaders working and researching in the field of immigration and asylum law with a variety of perspectives on some of the field’s most prominent issues. The event was directed jointly by the Safe Passage Project at New York Law School and the Federal Bar Association with a keynote welcome delivered by Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Panels were focused on; detention, particular social groups, representing children before the Asylum Office, deferred action, and child refugee migration into Europe and the U.S.
The Law Office of Usman B. Ahmad represented by Mr. Usman B. Ahmad, Esq., Xiaotao Wang, Esq., and Allen Shiu. Esq., had the pleasure of participating as speakers on the panel discussing Material Support and Persecutor Bars. The panel was moderated by the Honorable Judge Amiena Khan and also included Ms. Anwen Hughes, Esq. from Human Rights First, Professor Maryellen Fullerton, Esq. from Brooklyn Law School and Professor Stacey Caplow, Esq., from Brooklyn Law School as additional speakers.
Mr. Wang walked the audience on best practices and strategies for defending against allegations of the applicability of the Persecutor bar and protecting a client’s eligibility for Asylum. He delivered a sample direct and cross examination to highlight crucial questions and answers an attorney must for know before even entering the courtroom.
Mr. Shiu’s presentation focused on litigating cases where the Department of Homeland Security has alleged that an asylum applicant is barred from relief under the Immigration and Nationality Act for engaging in terrorist activity, namely providing material support to a Tier III terrorist organization. Creating a strong evidentiary record, critical review of and filing objections to DHS’s submissions are among the key points Mr. Shiu shared to illustrate the intense and detailed attention such cases require to obtain a successful outcome.
UBA deeply appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the insightful discussions that took place during the 2017 New York Asylum and Immigration Law Conference, and plans to continue participating in the conference in the future.