Immigration Law: Universal Representation, Detention, and Deportation
At noon on Tuesday, February 25, 2019, at the Madison Club, Attorney Olivarez will give a presentation on current issues of immigration law. Individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security and at risk of deportation have the right to an attorney, but not the right to a government funded attorney. Universal representation is the notion that every individual at risk of deportation should have access to an immigration attorney regardless of whether they can afford it or not. Attorney Olivarez will explain what universal representation is and how it protects immigrants' due process rights. She will also speak to detention and deportation both nationally and in Wisconsin.
Aissa Olivarez is the Managing Attorney at the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC). She joined CILC in August 2017 and as a part of the organization provides deportation defense. Aissa has represented many clients in removal and bond proceedings, and appeals.
Prior to joining CILC, Aissa was a Staff Attorney at the Pro Bono Asylum Representation Children’s Project (ProBAR), where she represented unaccompanied minor children who were placed in removal proceedings by the Department of Homeland Security in Harlingen, Texas. During law school, Aissa participated in the Immigrant Justice Clinic and the Defenders Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In September 2018, Aissa was awarded the Belle Case LaFollette Award by the Wisconsin Law Foundation for her work with under-served communities. In the fall of 2019, Aissa won the Ilda C. Thomas Award by Centro Hispano of Dane County; the award is given to someone who serves and represents the Latino community with strength and humility.