Immigration Attorney

Prerna Lal Prerna Lal created a historic national network of undocumented youth to organize for the DREAM Act and fight against deportations. A social media strategist, her pioneering use of online communications to stop deportations has become standard among organizations across the country. She was recently appointed as an immigration attorney for the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley, where she is also a clinical instructor at the East Bay Community Law Center.

02 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

ICE Releases Woefully Inadequate Transgender Guidance

Crossposted from Medium – Advancing Justice | AAJC Responding to grassroots pressure from advocates, and mounting criticismfrom congressional leaders such as Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unveiled an 18-page memorandum for the care of transgender immigrants in detention this week. While these guidelines are a step in the right direction and long […]

19 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

White House Official Shamed Off the Stage at Annual Conference of Immigration Lawyers

Crossposted at LatinoRebels White House advisor, Cecilia Muñoz, was met with silence, jabs and jeers, and booed off the stage at the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) conference yesterday. Several immigration attorneys and advocates who have been at the frontlines of the fight to end the detention of refugee mothers and children stood up […]

31 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pretextual Airport Stops

  Recently, while traveling from Washington D.C. to sunny Florida, Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) sent me to secondary inspection at the airport. Apparently, my bag had an object that they could not identify. They asked me to identify the object on the screen and I was baffled. It was deep in my 50 gallon […]

18 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Validations

I think this is a powerful quote from poet and artist Nayyrihah Waheed completely validates my immigrant experience. We often speak about the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. but not enough is said about how we actually get treated once we have sacrificed everything to be here. It almost makes the sacrifices not worth it. I […]

15 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

I recently joined the board of directors at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. My growing concern for the lack of philanthropic efforts to address the needs of queer people of color was the prime impetus behind this decision. I can proudly say that I am drawn to Astraea because as a public foundation, Astraea helps […]