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ABA links pro bono lawyers with families facing deportation in 11 cities

“The American Bar Association has begun a nationwide campaign to offer legal support to families facing a new, faster deportation process in 11 U.S. cities. The ABA campaign includes a new website – Pro Bono Matters for Families Facing Deportation – that lists cases of families in those 11 cities who need representation. The website offers volunteer lawyers a chance to help families navigate the faster court process. The campaign will also include a pro bono manual and training sessions for lawyers who want to help “The need for pro bono lawyers right now is huge,” ABA President Reginald Turner said. “The ABA believes that all families facing deportation deserve meaningful access to legal counsel. Given the violence that many asylum-seekers and immigrants face in their home countries, this is often literally a matter of life and death.” The ABA effort was prompted by a new “dedicated docket” process for some immigration courts, created in May by the federal Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. The agencies touted the new process as faster and fairer for families that arrive between ports of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the “dedicated docket” process, immigration judges in 11 cities work to issue decisions within 300 days of an initial hearing. Currently, those cases often take years to conclude. The new process is being tried in Boston, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. With faster dockets, the need for representation is even more urgent. To help families facing deportation in the 11 cities, the ABA is teaming up with legal service providers who coordinate asylum and immigration legal assistance in those cities.”

 

You should report your at-home Covid test results, experts say here’s how

NBC News: “Earlier this week, the U.S. reported a record 1 million new daily Covid cases — and that might only be the tip of the iceberg.That’s due, in part, to the skyrocketing number of at-home Covid tests that have been sold since the virus’ highly infectious omicron variant arrived in the U.S. last month.… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 2, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 2, 2022 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest and Calendar

“The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds an annual art contest to reach K-8 students and help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. The resulting calendar, featuring the winning artwork, provides a daily reminder of how… Continue Reading

White House AI Initiative Launches Public Research Support Tools

Route Fifty: “A new section of resources intended for artificial intelligence researchers was launched last Friday by the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, with a goal of providing easy access to data sets and testbed environments for AI application training. The AI Researchers Portal—a program within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy—is the… Continue Reading

Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

“According to the @TheJusticeDept, American Indian and Alaska Native women are missing and murdered at a rate of more than 10x the national average. A new @BureauIndAffrs website has launched to address this crisis that is devastating Tribal communities. https://bia.gov/service/mmu The Missing and Murdered Unit within the Office of Justice Services focuses on analyzing and… Continue Reading

You may soon be able to renew your passport online, instead of sending in documents

NPR: “Renewing your passport isn’t an experience most people would consider streamlined — especially during the pandemic. Getting it processed can take anywhere from eight to 11 weeks, according to the State Department. But a new executive order from President Biden hopes to cut down on the amount of time people spend accessing all kinds… Continue Reading

Lessons from COVID-19 on Executing Communications and Engagement at the Community Level During a Health Crisis

National Academies: “On May 20, 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a virtual convening of public health and communications practitioners to examine the challenges, opportunities, and lessons they saw while executing effective communications and community engagement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic….Participants in the convening discussed how communicating about COVID-19 to… Continue Reading

Putting the Public First: Improving Customer Experience and Service Delivery for the American People

White House FACT SHEET:  December 13, 2021 – “The Federal Government interacts with millions of people each day and provides vital services during some of the most critical moments in people’s lives. Whether searching for vaccine safety information, claiming retirement benefits, receiving health insurance, passing through a security checkpoint, or checking the status of a… Continue Reading

EU – Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance in the Workplace

Ball, K., Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance in the Workplace, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-43340-8, doi:10.2760/5137, JRC125716. “This report re-evaluates the literature about surveillance/monitoring in the standard workplace, in home working during the COVID 19 pandemic and in respect of digital platform work. It utilised a systematic review methodology. A total… Continue Reading