Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Attorneys Joshua Bardavid and Teresa Woods from the Vera Institute of Justice will raise important questions about human rights and the use of immigration and detention laws within the United States at Eastern Connecticut State University at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in Eastern's Student Center. The presentation is part of the Eastern's University Hour series. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Bardavid and Woods will discuss their work as lawyers and advocates for immigrants. They will share stories of the individuals they have aided and represented, as well as their own treatment throughout the process.
Bardavid has been lead counsel in several precedent-setting appeals and has successfully litigated hundreds of immigration cases. Prior to working as an immigration attorney, Bardavid worked as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and was editor-in-chief of New York International Law Review. He graduated cum laude from St. John's University School of Law.
Woods is a senior program associate for the Legal Orientation Program, a national program to provide immigrants in detention facilities with information on their legal rights and pro-bono legal assistance. Previously, she worked as an associate resettlement officer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees through the International Catholic Migration Commission in countries such as Tanzania, Cambodia, Nepal and Costa Rica. Woods was awarded a fellowship to work as a detention staff attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., where she represented indigent asylum seekers in detention and conducted know-your-rights presentations for detained immigrants in removal proceedings. Woods received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Purchase College and her Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law.