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Asylum / Withholding “Particularly Serious Crime” Bar

  • Amicus Brief: Abankwah v. Holder (November 2014) 2nd Circuit: This brief addresses the question of whether the federal government is overly broadly applying the “particularly serious crime” bar for eligibility for asylum and withholding of removal in conflict with United States treaty obligations under United Nations Refugee Conventions to which the U.S. is a party. Amici, including IDP, were represented by Nancy Morawetz, Antonia House and Tianyin Luo of NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

Identity Theft

  • Amicus Brief: Flores-Figueroa v. United States (December 2008) Supreme Court: On December 22, 2008, IDP joined other immigrant advocacy organizations and religious-based relief organizations in filing a legal brief challenging overbroad federal criminal prosecutions of immigrant workers picked up in immigration workplace raids under federal aggravated identity theft statute (18 U.S.C. Section 1028A).

Naturalization

  • Amicus Brief: Nolan v. Holmes (November 2002) 2nd Circuit:  This brief addresses the question of whether immigrants who serve the United States during time of war and who are honorably discharged are required to meet the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 316 good moral character requirement before they may naturalize as U.S. citizens under the special INA Section 329 naturalization procedure for wartime veterans.  Amici, including IDP, were represented by Nancy Morawetz, Abigail S. Hendel and Katharine J. Knaus of NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.
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