A professional development opportunity presented by the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota in collaboration with the ELL department.
For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Understanding Immigration Law page. This professional development opportunity is for ALL STAFF. Please post and share the flyer with your staff.
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The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a non-profit law firm providing high-quality immigration legal assistance for low-income immigrants living primarily in southern Minnesota. The ILCM developed the No Second Chance curriculum and video as a result of changes in the US immigration laws that made it easier for non-citizens, including young persons who have lived most of their lives in the US, to be deported. In 1996 the US immigration laws expanded the types of crimes for which a non-citizen could be deported to include even seemingly minor crimes. It also removed ways in which persons who were being deported could get a second chance to stay in the US because they were rehabilitated and had strong ties to the US. One of the best ways to prevent deportation is to avoid getting involved in risky behavior that could lead to a criminal conviction. This is the purpose of the video "No Second Chance" and the accompanying curriculum: to educate youth and the immigrant community about the consequences of criminal activity in order to prevent persons from getting deported.
Deportation is a very severe consequence for criminal activity, and is especially harsh for immigrants who have grown up in the United States. Many of them arrived in the US as children when their parents fled from persecution or difficult living conditions in their native countries. They consider themselves American and often do not speak the language of their country of birth. As a result, for them, deportation is more than just another consequence of bad behavior: it means a return to a country that they have never known. They often have no family or friends in their country of birth; they do not understand the culture or way of life there and do not speak their native language. Therefore, it is extremely important that immigrant youth understand what causes deportation and what consequences it has before they may commit a crime. Through the efforts of educators and influential immigrant youth leaders and the information provided in this curriculum, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota hopes to create an awareness of the drastic consequences of immigrant youth committing crimes and thus prevent deportation.
The video contains interviews with three former ILCM clients who committed crimes such as burglary and car theft as young adults and were deported or are currently awaiting deportation because of their crimes. Throughout the video, an ILCM staff attorney offers commentary on each of the cases and on the laws regarding deportation. The video is targeted at teenagers, but also provides information useful to older immigrants and people who work with immigrants. The curriculum contains in-depth information about deportation and the crimes that can lead to deportation, as well as a variety of activities intended to get students thinking creatively and pro-actively about deportation and how to avoid it. The curriculum is targeted at teenagers and ESL students.
For more information on the No Second Chance Youth Intervention Project, contact Jesse Murray at (651) 291-0110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff from ILCM are available to present to your staff or students at no cost, or you may order the video and curriculum for a small fee (see order form below).
No Second Chance video
No Second Chance curriculum
video and curriculum set
two or more sets of video and curriculum
Shipping and Handling (do not include if you plan to pick up your order yourself)
Make checks payable to:
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
193 E. Robie Street
St. Paul, MN 55107
Session: February 26, 2004
Time: 4:00 - 6:00
Location: 360 Colborne
Presenter: Abdisalam Adam
Audience: All Staff