Welcome to The Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of AILA

Message from Tammy Fox, Chapter Chair:

Welcome to the next term of our growing chapter. We’ve come a long way in a very short time, and I intend to continue our incredible growth. This year, I hope to provide even more services to our members. If you want to serve on a committee, please let me know. Here’s what we have coming up:


We have an exciting CLE planned in Casa de Campo November 2 & 3, 2017. Casa de Campo is home to one of the best golf courses in the world. We have a limited room block and limited registration, due to the size of the resort. It is the only place to stay in the area. Please reserve your room and register now for the CLE! The CLE brochure is attached hereto. We have truly wonderful speakers and interesting topics. You can register on line. Just click on the Events tab.


In addition to our exciting CLE in Casa de Campo, our educational committee headed by the brilliant Bryon Large will be planning a series of free webcasts (we are aiming for 4 a year), on topics of interest to membership. If you want to weigh in on what members would be interested in learning, please email Bryon at b.large@csc.state.co.us.


This year our DOS committee will be chaired by Marisa Casablanca and Ramon Curiel. With the assistance of other enterprising committee members, our committee will be publishing alerts on processing at the various consulates within our jurisdiction. We plan on sending one alert per month, discussing NIV and visa processing at a consulate in our jurisdiction. We also have added a member who specializes in Cuba who can provide us with updates on Cuba.


Our USCIS International Operations committee is chaired by Lynn Lee and Hudaidah Bhimdi, The committee has many experienced practitioners who will provide updates every other month on USCIS international operations, including I-130 processing abroad.


This committee is headed by two experienced and aggressive practitioners, Anis Saleh and Maite Hoyos. We hope to schedule meetings with pre-flight inspection in Nassau and the D.R. Members have reported a number of issues, especially with pre-flight inspections in Nassau including cancellation of stamps evidencing residence where an I-829 or I-751 has been denied but the foreign national has not yet been placed in removal proceedings. These pre-flight inspection areas are expanding but appear to be operating a bit rogue. 


Members David Puentes and Christine Traversi will be coordinating events and releases to attract new members to our Chapter.


Our Chapter just started an advocacy arm this year. Members Jennifer Lim and Brian Hoffman offer specializations in farmworkers and Mexican government liaison. They bring to our Chapter unique expertise that should prove valuable to members.


I am excited that Jordana Hart, a former journalist for the Boston Globe, who has authored a number of op-eds on immigration issues, will be co-chairing our media committee. Under Jordana’s guidance, we hope to weigh in on issues impacting our jurisdiction. If members are interested in writing an op-ed, Jordana and I will be happy to assist you. 


Registration is now open for our annual conference:

Surviving in Turbulent Times, in Lima, Peru.

November 15 and 16, 2018

Photos from our 2015 annual event, Immigration Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Registration is now open for our annual conference: Global Citizenship and the Foreign National
November 2 and 3, 2017
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