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On January 21st, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano granted Haitian nationals in the US eligibility to apply for temporary protected status (TPS) for a period of 18 months.

As of 4/23/10. We will be updating this page frequently, so check back!

Upcoming NY Trainings for Lawyers on TPS for Haitians:

May 5, 2010
Haitian Immigration Legal Assistance Program (HILAP): Volunteer Attorney Training (Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project)

May 6, 2010
Temporary Protective Status for Haitian Immigrants (Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs)

May 6, 2010
Tax Issues for Immigration Practitioners and Tax Benefits for Haitian TPS Beneficiaries (NY Immigration Coalition)

June 3, 2010
Temporary Protective Status for Haitian Immigrants (Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs)

June 11, 2010
Tax Issues for Immigration Practitioners and Tax Benefits for Haitian TPS Beneficiaries (NY Immigration Coalition)

Ongoing
Volunteer for Legal Aid Society's Haiti TPS Hotline

Want to Volunteer?

New York Legal Assistance Group: Please contact Pro Bono Director, Alison Sclater, at (212) 613-5017 or asclater@nylag.org. Read more about their upcoming clinics.

Legal Aid Society: Interested volunteers can contact Katie Niejadlik, Pro Bono Administrator, at KANiejadlik@legal-aid.org.

Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs: Interested attorney volunteers should call (212) 788-7654 or send an e-mail to MOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov.

TPS Resources for Lawyers:

LIRS Webinar on Applying for Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the U.S.
From Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Watch the recorded online training from January 22nd titled: "Applying for Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the U.S" The PowerPoint presentation used during this 1.5 hour training is also included in the downloadable materials.

Immigrant Defense Project Advisory: TPS and Criminal Dispositions
This is a practice advisory by the Immigrant Defense Project that provides information on criminal dispositions and conduct that can bar TPS eligibility.

Temporary Protected Status and Public Health Insurance
This is a practice advisory by Empire Justice Center, New York Immigration Coalition, and The Legal Aid Society. Haitian individuals who have applied for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may be eligible for public health insurance in New York State.

Join the NYC Pro Bono Center to find other training materials in the Library, including the video training for pro bono attorneys by NYLAG, ILRC's Feb 2010 INTERIM updated short manual on TPS, and the PDF of the 1/22/10 CUNY, LAS webinar Immigration Training on Legal Assistance for Temporary Protected Status.

DHS Notices re. TPS:

DHS Announces Humanitarian Parole Policy for Certain Haitian Orphans Fact Sheet (1/19/10)

DHS Announces Streamlined Citizenship Application Process for Members of the Military (1/15/10)

DHS Issues Q&A Sheet on TPS for Haitians (1/14/10)

TPS Forms:

Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status)

Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization)

Form AR-11 (Alien's Change of Address Card)

Selective Service Registration Form (Draft registration form)

Other Online TPS Resources:

USCIS -- Temporary Protected Status -Haiti

New York Immigration Coalition -- TPS for Haitians Resource List

American Immigration Lawyers Association -- Haiti Earthquake Relief and Haitian Pro Bono Efforts

CLINIC -- Resources on Haitian Relief

American Bar Association -- Haiti Earthquake Legal Resources

Non-TPS Haiti Opportunities and Resources:

The Lawyers' Earthquake Response Network (LERN) (link opens PDF)
LERN is a national network of lawyers in the U.S. working with Haitian lawyers to implement a legal response to the earthquake in Haiti. To join LERN and learn more about its work, please visit the website at www.HaitiJustice.org. For more information, please contact IJDH's Director, Brian Concannon at Brian@ijdh.org.

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