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The Impact of Current Immigration Law on Families

Thursday, September 29, 2016
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Stamford Campus
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Anna Cabot—William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow, UConn School of Law and Kara Hart—Staff Attorney, Greater Hartford Legal Aid

Anna Cabot is the William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic where law students represent refugees who have fled from persecution and are seeking asylum in the United States. Professor Cabot comes to clinical teaching from a background in immigration and human rights practice. Prior to joining the UConn faculty, she was the Managing Attorney at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, where she represented numerous asylum-seekers before the immigration courts and handled a wide range of other immigration matters, while supervising and training attorneys, paralegals, student law clerks, and volunteers. Responding to a wide-ranging problem, she did a study of the challenges faced by Mexican asylum-seekers for the Center for Migration Studies. Before moving to the border, Professor Cabot spent a year in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, as Legal Services Coordinator for Asylum Access, where she assessed the legal needs of the urban refugee population, designed a legal services program, and advocated for individual clients. She also did a year-long litigation fellowship with the ACLU’s National Prison Project.

Kara Hart provides outreach to increase immigrants’ knowledge of legal rights and represents immigrant survivors of violence and sexual assault in immigration matters, including Violence Against Women Act Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, and U Visas. From 1998 until 2014, she worked with the Connecticut Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Partnership Initiative, a state-wide project funded by the federal Office of Violence Against Women, and she continues to represent clients referred by area domestic violence programs. She is a member of Connecticut’s Trafficking in Persons Council and of Connecticut’s Family Violence Model Policy Governing Council. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Kara received a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. from New York University in Hispanic Civilization, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Contact:

ingrid.semaan@uconn.edu

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