WEBINAR: Defending Noncitizens in Today’s Harsh Environment: Considerations for Undocumented Persons, Asylum Seekers, and Legal Permanent Residents (LIVE REPEAT)

Criminal defense attorneys not only have a duty to properly advise noncitizen clients about the immigration consequences of pending charges but also are often the only individuals clients can count on to best prepare them for what comes next in immigration proceedings, including how to defend against deportation. This session will address when non-citizens – with a focus on asylum seekers and lawful permanent residents – may be eligible to remain in the United States and explain which types of offenses disqualify such individuals from immigration relief. This session will also address how to put clients in the best possible position to minimize immigration consequences and provide practical tips for plea negotiations. Finally, the session will explain what the immigration process looks like for asylum seekers and LPRs who are facing deportation, and provide practical tips for preparing clients for that process.


HENA MANSORI is the managing attorney of the NIJC Adult Detention Project. Since joining NIJC in 2008, Hena has represented detained immigrants in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. In addition to supervising NIJC’s detention team, she also manages NIJC’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and provides trainings and consultations to criminal defense attorneys through NIJC’s Defender’s Initiative program. Hena works on all areas of immigration law as they pertain to detained immigrants but has a special interest in the intersection between criminal and immigration law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2002 and her J.D. from NYU School of Law in 2006, where she was in NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.

TAMARA MULEMBO is an Assistant Federal Public Defender based in Tucson, Arizona. She is currently a Visiting Attorney Advisor with the Training Division, Defender Services Office in Washington, D.C. Tamara has defended high profile criminal cases in state and federal court. Ms. Mulembo began her career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Philip G. Espinosa of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two. After her clerkship, she practiced criminal defense in the Offices of the Pima County Public Defender in the Spanish Felony Trial Unit. Ms. Mulembo left the County Public Defender's Office to join State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company's Corporate Law Department as Claim Litigation Counsel. She returned to indigent criminal defense in 2010.

Ms. Mulembo specializes in defense of federal juvenile matters, and her practice includes trial and appellate advocacy. She also trains new attorneys and those recently appointed to Criminal Justice Act Panel in federal juvenile matters. Ms. Mulembo has served as president of the Arizona Minority Bar Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for Southern Arizona Legal Aid. Ms. Mulembo is admitted to practice before the State Bars of Arizona and California, District Court in Arizona, and Ninth Circuit. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degrees from the Honors College at the University of Arizona and her Juris Doctorate from the James E. Rogers College of Law.


  • When

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Eastern Time

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