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 – Immigration Film & Discussion Series – 

This week is featuring:

Erin Jacobson, Managing Attorney/Assistant Professor, Vermont Immigrant Assistance South Royalton Legal Clinic at Vermont Law School and Kate Semple Barta from Welcoming All Nationalities Network will talk about their work at the Legal Clinic and WANN followed by discussion time.

Erin Jacobsen is Assistant Professor and Supervising Attorney at Vermont Law School’s South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC), where she is the lead project attorney and project coordinator of SRLC’s Vermont Immigrant Assistance (VIA) Project. Prior to that, she was the Lead Staff Attorney at Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates in Burlington, Vermont.  Through VIA, Erin and her students provide free legal representation to indigent immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Erin also practices juvenile and family law, and staffs the Clinic’s Prison Project, in which she consults with incarcerated women about legal issues regarding their children.  Erin is committed to public interest law and to doing work that promotes human dignity and human rights. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Vermont and in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.

Kate Semple Barta is the Director of and Attorney for The Welcoming All Nationalities Network of the Upper Valley, “WANN”.  WANN provides immigration legal assistance in humanitarian immigration cases.  WANN’s clients are residents of Vermont and New Hampshire, primarily from the Upper Valley, and most are survivors of domestic violence or persecution.   Ms. Semple Barta has worked as a Staff Attorney for the Midwest ImmigrantHuman Rights Center in Chicago (now the Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center) and for the International Institute of Boston (now I.I. New England), as a Managing Attorney in its Lowell office and Asylum Attorney in its Boston office.  She is a member of the American immigration Lawyer’s Association and of the Illinois state bar since 2001.  She has coordinated WANN’s activities in the Upper Valley since 2011, after she completed the United Way funded Needs Assessment Relative to Foreign Born Individuals in the Upper Valley.  WANN protects human rights and provides essential services for vulnerable foreign-born residents of the Upper Valley.