International Training for the Effective Immigration Advocate
Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / November 26 - December 7, 2018
A two-week program in Oaxaca, Mexico with an emphasis on Spanish, intercultural communication skills, and legal strategies for zealous representation of immigrants in the US.
Class and Seminar Content:
Spanish and Culture: Participants will attend Spanish classes with an emphasis on verbal communication and legal terminology. There will be three levels available: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Intercultural Communication: Participants will enhance their understanding of the different sociocultural elements that can impact communication processes between individuals with different languages, cultures, and communication patterns. **
- Minority Languages: Issues of Power, Class, and Ethnicity
- Indigenous Ways of Understanding and Communicating
- Strategies for Successful Intercultural Communication Processes
** This seminar includes an overnight visit to a Zapotec community of Oaxaca, Cuajimoloyas, through which participants can further enhance their understanding of Indigenous ways of being and communicating. The seminar also includes a day trip to another Zapotec community, Santo Tomás Jalieza to learn about community governance and tradition.U.S. Immigration Law and Practice: Participants will receive practical training as well as tips and strategies that will help prepare them for representing detained individuals in removal proceedings.
1. Defending the Asylum Seeker
- Discuss legal and illegal entry into the US.
- Understand the Credible / Reasonable Fear Interview Process as well as how, why, and in what conditions ICE detains asylum seekers.
- Acquire practical tools & strategies for litigating a defensive asylum case: from information gathering to individual hearing preparation (focus on individuals seeking asylum from Mexico and Central America)
how to advocate for refugees suffering from trauma.
- Identify, analyze, and mitigate the negative consequences of a criminal conviction in removal proceedings.
3. Bond Hearings
- Learn how to successfully represent immigrants in bond hearings.
Roots of Migration: Participants will receive a historical overview of the social, political, and economic roots of migration in Mexico and Central America.
- Discuss different political periods in the modern history of Mexico and Central America and their impact on voluntary and forced migration.
- Learn about the migrant’s journey through Mexico and the hardships they and their families face.
- Understand current challenges of migrant workers in Mexico and the US and the role NGOs and attorneys have in supporting them.
Total Program Cost Per Person
Option 1: $1,680 usd (lodging with family, breakfast and lunch) Option 2: $2,050 usd (lodging at hotel / 13 nights)
- Private Transportation: To Indigenous Communities (does not include airport-lodging-airport)
- All access fees and guide services
- Spanish Lessons, seminars, and reading Materials
- Lodging, all meals, and all related fees only in Indigenous communities
- Two group dinners indicated in the calendar
- Cooking Lesson in Cuajimoloyas, Sierra Norte
- Coffee tasting and talk about local coffee producers
- Support from Ollin staff in the event of sickness and/or emergency
TO APPLY: We encourage those who will be dedicated to pro bono work to apply! Please send an email telling us a little about yourself, why you’re interested in this training, and your Spanish level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). Spanish proficiency is not a requirement. Some of the seminars will be focused on legal skills, but you do not have to be an attorney to apply.