**DATE CHANGE: THIS WEBINAR HAS BEEN MOVED TO APRIL 19, 2023**
Naturalization for Persons with Disabilities: This webinar will cover the 2022 changes to the naturalization disability form N-648 and the USCIS Policy Manual. Speakers will describe the exemptions from the English and Civics naturalization requirements, eligibility for the disability exemption, restrictions added in 2018 and 2020 to the USCIS Policy Manual, and USCIS changes in October 2022. The statutory background and USCIS Policy Manual on oath waivers will also be covered.
Peggy Gleason - Senior Staff Attorney, ILRC
Peggy Gleason, who has dedicated her career to immigrant rights, joined ILRC in 2019 as a senior staff attorney in Washington, D.C.She worked most recently in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, dealing with civil rights complaints concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Earlier, she worked on family and humanitarian immigration policy and legal issues for the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman and on legal access issues for the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review.Before her time with the federal government, she was a senior attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s training and technical support section for 23 years, providing technical assistance and training to CLINIC’s affiliated programs and other nonprofits nationwide. She also represented immigrant clients of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services for the Archdiocese of Washington. She began fulltime practice of immigration law while working for the Colorado Rural Legal Services Farmworker Program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Ibero-American Studies and earned her J.D. at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Colorado Bar. Peggy is a frequent speaker on immigration law topics and a contributor to publications. She speaks Spanish.
Laura Burdick - Field Support Coordinator, Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Burdick provides training and technical assistance to CLINIC affiliates on immigration program management and capacity building as Field Support Coordinator. Since coming to CLINIC in 1997, she has managed national, state, and local citizenship and integration projects and provided naturalization training, technical assistance, and policy advocacy.Most recently, she was the Project Coordinator for two national capacity-building grants from the Office of Citizenship and CLINIC’s National Asylee Information and Referral Line, which operated from 2001 to 2012. Other projects have included a national immigrant organizing project in 15 cities and a national project for technical assistance to more than 130 agencies serving elderly refugees in 27 states. Prior to joining CLINIC, Burdick worked for refugee resettlement agencies in Texas and Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in social work administration, policy, and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts.
Lori Alexander - Director of Citizenship and Family Unification, HIAS Pennsylvania
Lori Alexander has been working at HIAS Pennsylvania for over 44 years, currently in the capacity of Director of Citizenship and Family Unification. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in foreign languages, and her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University. Her language skills include Russian, French, Spanish, and Italian. Lori has been accredited by the Department of Justice (formerly by the Board of Immigration Appeals) since November 1979 to represent clients before USCIS, and over the years has successfully represented thousands of clients at interviews for naturalization, adjustment of status, and other matters. Lori supervises the agency’s accredited representatives as well as overseeing several programs at HIAS Pennsylvania. She is also an active member of the agency’s Management Team. In addition, Lori is the Site Leader for the Philadelphia collaborative of the New Americans Campaign (NAC), a member of national citizenship advocacy groups, and is a lead coordinator in AILA Philadelphia’s Citizenship Day.