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Susan Cohen presents “The U.S. Immigration Landscape in the Trump Era”


Susan Cohen is Founding Chair of Immigration Practice at the Boston firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, where she oversees the work of 12 attorneys and 18 immigration specialists, and President of the Board of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, which since 1989, provides free legal services to asylum seekers and promotes the rights of detained immigrants.  She has chaired and co-chaired a wide range of committees of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), including the National Planning Committee for AILA’s Annual Immigration Law Conference.  She has served as a member of the review board for AILA periodicals as well as the American Bar Association’s liaison to the Department of Labor on immigration-related issues.  She is a frequent panelist at AILA, ABA, and other immigration-related conferences, and a contributor to numerous immigration-related publications.  Among her many accomplishments are contributions to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations implementing the Immigration Act of 1990, the Department of Labor regulations implementing changes to the H-1B visa category as a result of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, the Department of Labor PERM labor certification regulations issued in 2004, the drafting of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts legislation that resulted in the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR) program in 2014, and the temporary restraining order on the 2017 Travel Ban obtained by the ACLU of Massachusetts and other organizations.  She is the recipient of numerous awards for her political asylum work, including awards from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, and the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  She writes for and appears frequently in the media, from Bloomberg to the PBS NewHour to the Washington Post.  In addition to her legal work, she is also a songwriter and the founder of White Dove Projects.  Two of her songs have been performed by students and alumni of the Berklee College of Music in BostonBeyond the Borders,” which concerns the plight of a Syrian refugee family, and “Looking for the Angels,” her second music video about an Honduran teenager bidding farewell to his grandmother, as he leaves to escape the brutal violence in their country."  Many students who participated were from countries affected by the travel ban, including lead singer Nano Raies, the first Syrian woman to study at Berklee.