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LGBT Committee Event on Immigration Executive Action and LGBT AAPIs
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When: 2/12/2015
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Project Reach in Chinatown
39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor
New York 10002
United States
Contact: Glenn Magpantay

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The LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York presents:


Immigration Executive Action and LGBT Asian Americans/ South Asians

What's Good, What's Left Out, and Our Next Steps


Immigration attorneys and advocates will explain President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  Presenters will highlight the special concerns and impact of administrative relief on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American/ South Asian immigrants.  Specific emphasis will be on visas for professional workers, student visa OPTS, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Childhood Arrivals (DAPA). 


Thursday, Feb. 12

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Project Reach in Chinatown, 39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10002

Individual attorney consultations and reception with lite refreshments to follow.



·      Cyrus Mehta, attorney representing corporations and individuals in business and employment immigration, family immigration and asylum.

·      Sin Yen Ling, attorney at QLA, the public defender office in Queens focusing on a criminal immigration issues. 

·      Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together


To attend, RSVP here:


For more information contact, Glenn D. Magpantay at or 917-439-3158.



Cosponsored by

Audre Lorde Project (ALP) * National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) * Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) * Q-WAVE * SALGA * Dari Project * LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) * South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) * South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)



Speaker Bios

Sin Yen Ling is an attorney at QLA, the public defender office in Queens focusing on a criminal immigration practice post Padilla v. Kentucky. She was a former staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus where her litigation included GLAHR v. Deal and HICA v. Bentley, challenging SB1070 copycats in Georgia and Alabama. It also included complex litigation involving illegal detention of U.S. citizens; suppression cases in deportation involving constitutional violations; challenging material support to terrorism and general detention/deportation issues in Federal Court. She is a former staff attorney at the New York-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) where she spent 6 years conducting litigation and advocacy in the areas of anti-Asian violence, racial profiling and immigrant detention/deportation.


A native New Yorker, Ms. Ling was born in Manhattan’s Chinatown to immigrant parents who worked in garment factories and restaurants. She is a graduate of New York University and City University of New York School of Law. Ms. Ling managed AALDEF’s Immigrant Access to Justice Project which has been at the forefront of providing direct representation to South Asian, Arab, Filipino and Muslim immigrant detainees facing indefinite detention after September 11 and has been a leading advocate for the defense of civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and their families.


Cyrus Mehta is managing attorney of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC. He represents corporations and individuals from around the world in business and employment immigration, family immigration, consular matters, naturalization, federal court litigation and asylum.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches a course, Immigration and Work. He is often a featured speaker at immigration seminars of the Practising Law Institute (PLI), and has been the Program Chair of PLI's annual Basic Immigration program.

Mr. Mehta is the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and is a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration Advisory Committee.  He is also the former Chair of AILA's Pro Bono Committee.  Mr. Mehta is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council, and former Chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law of the New York City Bar Association.

Suman Raghunathan is the Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together where she coordinates SAALT’s overall efforts to amplify diverse South Asian voices advocating for progressive change in the US.  Before joing SAALT, she served as Interim Executive Director and member of the Board of Directors of Chhaya Community Development Corporation.  Through her prior work at the American Civil Liberties Union, Progressive States Network, and the New York Immigration Coalition, Ms. Raghunathan has developed expertise on policy issues, launched newcomer civic engagement campaigns, and implemented capacity-building and advocacy campaigns.  Suman received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and Master’s degree from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy in New York City.