Immigration: Our Broken System and a Way Forward in a New Era
Presented by Linda Dakin-Grimm
Monday, March 8, 2021, 6-7:30 pm
Linda Dakin-Grimm handled numerous jury and bench trials, appeals and arbitration proceedings in courts across the United States as a litigation partner at Milbank LLP. She now concentrates exclusively on pro bono immigration matters. She has taken on more than seventy five unaccompanied children and separated families in immigration proceedings. In addition to the required legal work in immigration, state and federal courts. In the Trump era, Ms. Dakin-Grimm acted as counsel in actions against the federal government based on unlawful immigration policies.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights, the L.A. Advisory Board of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Southern California Catholic Task Force on Immigration. She speaks widely and has been quoted on immigration law questions in the New York Times, Buzzfeed News, Los Angeles Times, CBS News, La Opinion, Law360, Telemundo, America Magazine and many other publications. Her first book,Dignity and Justice: Welcoming the Stranger at our Border, published by Orbis Press in September, 2020, is widely available now.
Ms. Dakin-Grimm received her B.A. From Yale University, her J.D. From Harvard Law School and an M.A. In Theology from Loyola Marymount University. During 2021, Ms. Dakin-Grimm is a Advanced Leadership Sr. Fellow of Harvard University.
During 2020, Ms. Dakin-Grimm and her team won an injunction against DHS and ICE’s unlawful conduct against migrant kids in California foster care (who obtained predicate SIJS orders from state dependency courts), and they won a TRO in the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of a young SIJS beneficiary who was wrongfully deported (in violation of a federal court injunction) and returned to the US under an order of contempt against ICE. Unbelievably, ICE was in the process of deporting him again. Ms. Dakin-Grimm is deeply involved in responding to the family separation debacle of 2018 as well; In January of 2020, after obtaining an order from a federal judge in San Diego, she accompanied the only nine parents who were separated from their children and deported — back to the U.S. from Guatemala.