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Trauma in the classroom (with Caroline Harvey) While creative writing can help students understand and work with the traumas they’ve experienced, it also has the possibility of opening old wounds and creating new ones. The goal of this session is to begin a discussion on how we can better support our students as they speak their truths, and what additional resources are available. We will be examining the external sources of trauma and its pervasive

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Building a Better Affidavit

Posted by Geoff Trenchard on March 16, 2017
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Building a Better Affidavit: Literary Techniques for Legal Storytelling While it carries a unique legal significance, an affidavit is still just a story. To be effective, it has to engage its reader. And while they carry a unique legal authority, a judge or asylum officer is just a person. Their opinion of a story is affected by the same literary techniques used in every other story they’ve experienced. This workshop will focus on tangible techniques

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New Sanctuary

Posted by Geoff Trenchard on March 06, 2017
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I’ve been at New Sanctuary on Tuesday nights for the last few weeks. I plan on keeping on for the foreseeable future. Check out this story on one of the organizers, and feel free to reach out if you are interested in volunteering. Lawyers and non-lawyers are needed. https://www.indypendent.org/2017/02/22/walk-me

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I am thrilled at the idea of US Citizens en mass exercising their rights and resisting CBP/ICE. However, if you decided to do something like this, understand that you are thwarting the perceived legal authority of an organization that has never had real oversight, and has been emboldened by the Administration. You should familiarize yourself with the ACLU, NLG, and other guides on how to protect yourself in a protest (make sure you don’t have

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The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation

Posted by Geoff Trenchard on March 03, 2017
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So thrilled to be a part of this project! I won’t be able to be at the reading, but my sonnet about New Sanctuary will be read by one of these amazing people. If you are in the Bay, you should be going. https://www.ybca.org/whats-on/the-2017-poetic-address-to-the-nation

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Emergency Preparedness for Families

Posted by Geoff Trenchard on March 02, 2017
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If you work with parents that are worried about what will happen to their children if they are detained, please come to this event. There will be a lot of great information and opportunities to speak with lawyers working in immigration and family law. If you are unable to attend, feel free to reach out. I’ll try to get you a copy of the materials. https://shar.es/1U1Z03

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Building a Better Affidavit

Posted by Geoff Trenchard on March 02, 2017
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I’ll be teaching a CLE on the use of literary techniques in affidavit writing with New York Law School. Not that judges and asylum officers are susceptible to the same artistic tools that sway us mere mortals ;).   https://www.facebook.com/events/192906757861609/?active_tab=about

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Posted by Geoff Trenchard on March 02, 2017
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This is about 10 years old…and the use of Jetson-esque cartoons are really offensive…but the information itself is a good representation of why the question “they should just immigrate legally” is only said by people who have no understanding of the Immigration system.   https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2744794/07cf533ddb1d06350cf1ddb5942ef5ad.0.jpg

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2017 BlackLivesMatter Pratt Teach-In

Posted by Geoff Trenchard on February 22, 2017
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I’m honored to be presenting with Maureen Benson for the 2017 Black Lives Matter Tech in at Pratt. We’ll be presenting on “Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice” You can find out more about the Teach-In here.  

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