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Professional Networking Receptions

We are celebrating the great diversity within our profession and supporting LGBT Asian American and South Asian professionals in corporate, finance, and law through networking receptions in four cities. These annual receptions are co-sponsored by several local and national specialty bar associations.

Professional Networking Receptions

Cities

LOS ANGELES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Paul Hastings LLP
515 South Flower Street, 25th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
SAN FRANCISCO 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
NEW YORK
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Gibson Dunn LLP
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166-0193
WASHINGTON, DC 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Booz Allen Innovation Center  
901 15th  Street, N.W., 1st floor
Washington, DC 20001

RSVP

The receptions are free and open to all, but all proceeds will support NQAPIA legal referral program for LGBT AAPI undocumented immigrants, young people, and organizations. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

RSVP at bit.ly/prorsvp

Contact

Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq.
NQAPIA Executive Director and AABANY LGBT Committee Chair
glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org
917-439-3158

We’re Thankful for these Precautions before Trump Takes Office

There are a number of measures that LGBTQ APIs should do to protect themselves and their families under a Trump Administration. NQAPIA has consulted with immigration lawyers, public policy experts, and other attorneys to identify issues of particular importance to LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders.

Many of these applications will not be granted until after Trump takes office. But, even if Trump tries to eliminate everything that we have won, it is virtually impossible for changes to be retroactive. Applications filed today will be decided and granted on the basis of the laws and rules while Obama is in office. So, take care of these soon.


Transgender LGBTQ APIs

Apply or Update Passport

passportPresident Obama’s administration allowed for people to change and update their federally-issued identity documents, including gender-marker on passport and names on social security cards. Trump has vowed to eliminate all of Obama’s executive directives on January 20. You must apply and make and changes now. Adult passports last 10 years, so they will outlive a Trump presidency.

Apply for Passport from the U.S. State Department


Young Undocumented Immigrants

Renew DACA

President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by executive order so that undocumented young people could be free from deportation and gain work authorization. Trump has given mixed messages on DACA, and at one point, he stated he has “no problem” with it.

If you are fearful about what Trump will do with current DACA enrollees, know that NQAPIA, countless advocacy organizations, and high powered lawyers will do everything that we can to protect you and your family.

If you have DACA now but it will expire in the next 6 months, file a mandatory renewal now. Not filing a renewal could subject you to noncompliance and makes you a higher priority for investigation. Those who follow the rules, as they are now, are less likely to be gone after.

If you have never applied for DACA, you should consult with an immigration attorney before filing a new application. Click here to find an attorney.


Health Insurance through Obamacare

Apply Now


www.healthcare.gov
Apply for Obamacare
Update your Obamacare Plan

If you do not have health insurance, you should apply for Obamacare through the federal system or one of your state health exchanges. Open Enrollment is now. Although Trump and Congressional leaders have promised to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, that will not happen at least for another year. The more people who are in the system now, the more difficult it will be to get rid of the system. Efforts to repeal may also “grandfather” current enrollees and allow them to maintain their health insurance while declining to take any new people.


Immigrants Eligible for Green Cards or Naturalization

Apply Now

Green Card ExampleIf you are eligible for a green card or eligible to become a U.S. citizen, you should file your application now. They take several months to process, but becoming a permanent resident or a citizen substantially increases your security to live in America. If you have any criminal history or entered the U.S. without permission, consult an attorney before filing any paperwork.


LGBTQ Immigrants Seeking Asylum

Apply Now

LGBTQ people are persecuted in many countries in Asia and the Pacific. Foreign nationals may seek political asylum in the United States based on the sexual orientation or gender-identity. But, federal law has a strict one-year time limitation for people to file an application from the date of entry. This cannot be undone by Trump. If you are seeking political asylum you should consult with an attorney, and apply now.


Same-Sex Marriage is Safe

Don’t Get Married if You Don’t Want To

Graphic of the White House in Rainbow ColorsThe right for same-sex couples to legally marry was decided by the US Supreme Court and is based on the US Constitution. Trump cannot undo marriages or take the right away. Even if he appoints an anti-marriage Supreme Court Justice, the majority of justices that ruled twice in favor of marriage equality will remain on the Court. There is no need to rush to get married now.


LGBTQ APIs with Children

Protect Your Relationship with Them

If you have a child, you should apply for a second-parent adoption or a joint adoption if you do not have a legally recognized relationship to the child, like birth. Even if your name is listed on the child’s birth certificate, that may not be enough.


Personal Protections

last will and testamentTrump may eliminate the Obama Administration’s hospital visitation policy. So, it is prudent to have family planning protections in the event of a tragedy. This includes a Last Will and Testament, Health Care Proxies, Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney, designation of guardians, and Living Wills. It is not limited to couples but includes single people and people in more dynamic relationship and family structures.


Need a Lawyer?

Ask Us

The above are prudent steps to take, but everyone’s legal situation is different.
To speak with an attorney for a legal consultation, complete NQAPIA’s Legal Intake Form, or find an attorney from this list.No Human is Illegal

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A Different Closet: Undocumented LGBT Immigrants

A Different Closet

A Different Closet

Undocumented LGBT Immigrants:
Harsh Realities Special Challenges

Available as a Live or Audiocast CLE Program

One of the hottest political issues of the current election cycle is that of immigration. Undocumented immigrants are being received by American society in a very different way than immigrants in the past. Undocumented LGBT immigrants in particular face unique legal and cultural issues. The goal of this program is delve into the legal and cultural issues faced by being an undocumented LGBT Asian immigrant in the United States in 2016.

Speakers

Moderator David J. Alfini, Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Nishan Bhaumik
Equal Justice Works Fellow
New York City Anti-Violence Project

Rose Cuison-Villazor
Professor of Law
UC Davis School of Law

Apphia Kumar
Board Chair
SALGA-NYC

Details

July 27, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
800 Third Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York

Wine, beer and light
fare provided

1 hour of CLE credit is pending for this program

Register for the Live or Audiocast Program

LGBT Asian American/South Asian Lawyers Cocktail Reception – DC and NY

This networking reception recognizes the diversity within the LGBT and APA/API communities and also provides support to LGBT attorneys in corporate, commercial, government, and public interest practice. The receptions are free however any proceeds support student scholarships for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance conference in Washington, DC in July 2012.

Keynote Address by Justice Sabrina McKenna of the Hawaii Supreme Court
Justice McKenna will speak at both events.

NY – Date & Time
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
6:00 – 8:00PM
Click to RSVP for NYC event

NY – Address | Hosted by Kaye Scholer LLP
425 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022-3598

DC – Date & Time
Thursday, July 19, 2012
6:00 – 8:00PM
Click to RSVP for DC event

DC – Address | Hosted by Hogan Lovells LLP
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Co-Sponsored by
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Asian American Bar Association of NY
Asian Pacific American Bar Assoc. of Greater Washington, DC
LeGaL – The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
South Asian Bar Association of New York
South Asian Bar Association – DC

LGBT Asian American/South Asian Lawyers Cocktail Reception

Join APABA-DC, SABA-DC, NAPABA, Nat’l LGBT Bar Association, and Gay Law for the LGBT Asian American/South Asian Lawyers Cocktail Reception.

This networking reception recognizes the diversity within the LGBT and APA/API communities and also provides support to LGBT attorneys in corporate, commercial, government, and public interest practice.

Special Remarks by Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez. Event is free but donated proceeds support student scholarships for the July 2012 National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance conference in Washington, DC.

Date – Time – Location

Tuesday, October 18, 2012
6:00p – 9:00pm
Crowell And Moring Llp
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia

Law Firm Co-Sponsors

Wiley Rein
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Venable
McDermott Will &Emery
Latham & Watkins
Dickstein ShapiroBar Co-Sponsors:
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area (APABA-DC)
Gay Law
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
National LGBT Bar Association
South Asian Bar Association (SABA)