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Asylum Law: Nuts & Bolts and Representing LGBTQ+ Individuals

This presentation will cover the following topics:

• What is Asylum & Who May be Protected?
• How to Prepare an Asylum Case? Asylum Office (USCIS) v. Immigration Court (EOIR)
• Importance of the Affidavit & Role of Client, Attorney/Paralegal
• LGBTQ+ Asylum & Particular Social Group (PSG)
• Working with Vulnerable Populations & Trauma Survivors 
• Country Conditions Expert & Research

Michael R. Jarecki is the principal of Jarecki Law Group, LLC, a Chicago-based full-service U.S. immigration law firm. Michael is a past Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an elected Director of AILA’s Board of Governors, and a previous Chair of the National LGBT Working Group of AILA. In 2021, the AILA Chicago Chapter awarded Michael its top individual honor—the Minsky Beacon of Light Award—for his dedication to the advancement of the immigration field and for outstanding mentorship. Michael has been recognized by SuperLawyers in Illinois for Immigration since 2012 and as one of the Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40, Class of 2012, by the National LGBT Bar Association, an affiliate of the ABA. In 2020, Michael was selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable LGBTQ Executive. He is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and with national and local media. Michael is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois College of Law. Contact information may be found at

Alen Takhsh is the Principal Attorney at Takhsh Law, P.C. (, an Evanston-based U.S. immigration law firm providing client-centric, compassionate legal counsel to those facing both straightforward and complex legal issues. From a refugee child to the University of Chicago to law school and eventually establishing a five-star law firm, Alen has an acutely intimate knowledge of his clients' immigration journey, keenly aware of the human element in every case. He has consistently been recognized by Super Lawyer for his commitment to excellence in the legal profession, often traveling internationally to present on various immigration topics, and he serves on the boards of Heartland Alliance and the National Immigrant Justice Center. Alen obtained his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. He can be reached at

THIS SESSION IS PART OF THE FALL EDUCATION CONFERENCE: All sessions will be hosted on IPA Connect.  The cost of the Fall Education Conference (18 one-hour sessions in total) is $99 for members and $149 for prospective members.  Prospective members who wish to join the IPA can do so and attend the Fall Education Conference at the discounted member rate.

Registration and payment on IPA Connect is required (members will need to be logged in to the IPA Connect platform to register at the discounted rate - if you don't remember your password, enter your email address associated with your IPA membership and click to reset your password).

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Questions? Contact IPA's Executive Director, Yvonne Kriss, at

Monday, November 1, 2021, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Yvonne Kriss
815-630-3535 (p)
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