CLE Training: Steps to Analyze the Immigration Impact of Criminal Contact and Convictions for Immigrant Clients

What you will learn:

Contact with the criminal legal system can create unique risks and complications for an immigrant client. The Immigrant Defense Project Helpline provides individualized analysis of the effect of any contact with the criminal legal system on a person’s immigration status and gives clear, accurate, individualized advice to legal service providers by serving as “crim-imm” experts. This training is intended to provide information to attorneys, DOJ accredited representatives, and their support staff on the steps to take to analyze the immigration impact of criminal court contact and convictions for immigrant clients, including the immigration consequences of certain adjudications in New York criminal courts. It also provides an in-depth explanation of the crime-based grounds of inadmissibility, deportability, and bars to immigration relief. The goal of this training is to help advocates identify criminal-immigration issues in a client’s case, in order to carry out further research with the help of IDP’s helpline.

What you will learn:

  • How to gather information regarding a client’s criminal history record or pending criminal case.
  • How to determine whether a client has a conviction for immigration law purposes.
  • How to analyze whether a conviction or admission to an offense may make a client inadmissible or deportable, may make a client statutorily ineligible for relief or a benefit, or may serve as a negative factor in a discretionary adjudication.
  • How to identify other potential immigration consequences of a client’s criminal contacts, including criminal convictions, pending criminal cases, and other contacts with the criminal legal system.

Who should attend:

Immigration attorneys and advocates representing clients who may have had contact with the criminal legal system in New York City. This course is not open to individuals employed by local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security or by prosecutorial agencies including District Attorney’s Offices and the Department of Justice.


  • Jorge Guerreiro—Immigrant Defense Project, Staff Attorney
  • Nabilah Siddiquee—Immigrant Defense Project, Senior Staff Attorney


Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Note – This is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.


Program is presented free of charge.
Registration will open on Thursday, May 6, 2021, and will close on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

How to access a Zoom Webinar:

The Immigrant Defense Project requires all registrants to authenticate their profile in order to confirm the registrants identity. In order to attend a webinar hosted by the Immigrant Defense Project, please follow these instructions

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

Sponsored by: Immigrant Defense Project

An application for New York accreditation of 1.5 of Professional Practice credits for this course is currently pending.

Additional Information:

  • This course is offered free of charge. 
  • Training will be held online through the Zoom webinar platform. You must register for this webinar training using an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. 
  • Individuals who are not present during the live training will not be eligible for the CLE credits.  
  • CLE certifications will be distributed by July 3rd, 2021. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]