YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH Of THE JAMAICA DIASPORA IMMIGRATION & DEPORTATION PREVENTION TASK FORCE
On FRIDAY, 24th FEBRUARY 2017 6:30 PM At THE BRONX BETHANY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Sr Pastor Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassell
971 East 227th Street, Bronx, New York, NY 10466
* Immigration benefits and rights for Jamaicans and other Caribbean Nationals
* The importance of Citizenship in the US
* Dual citizenship with the US and Jamaica
* Relief from Deportation
* Scheduled Meeting with Deportees in March in Kingston & Montego Bay
* Seminars across the US to educate Jamaicans and other Nationals about Immigration
* Addressing the Executive Orders signed by President Trump
*** LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED ***
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THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH
THE JAMAICA DIASPORA IMMIGRATION & DEPORTATION PREVENTION TASK FORCE
FRIDAY, 24th FEBRUARY 2017—6:30 PM
THE BRONX BETHANY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
971 East 227th Street, Bronx, New York, NY 10466
* Welcome – Joan O. Pinnock, Esq.
* Introduction of Moderator – Joan O. Pinnock, Esq.
* Introduction of Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassell, Pastor/The Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene – Rev. Andrew Bennett
* Invocation – Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassell
* Greetings – Consul General of Jamaica to New York – Trudy Deans
* Dana T. Morgan, Esq. – Non Immigrant Visa
* Kathy Polias, Esq. – How to get a Green Card in the US
* Jaha Smith, Esq., – Felonies v Misdemeanors & Sentencing
* Mitchell l. Laird, Esq. – Deportation/Removal & Relief
* Walter Nealy, Esq. – Post Conviction Relief Application
* Carmeta Albarus – The Psychology Behind Crime
* Cecil Rowe Esq. – Naturalization Eligibility & Benefits/Dual
* Joan O. Pinnock, Esq. – Battered Spouse Petition & their Benefits
* Erin Lue-Hing – Upcoming Task Force Events –Future Leader
– Vote of Thanks
OPEN DISCUSSION RE EXEC ORDER Sponsored by light refreshments
WHO WE ARE
The Task Force was initiated by the NE USA Diaspora Advisory Board Member who is also a member of the Jamaican Bar Association. Attorney Joan Pinnock is an Immigration Attorney and Advocate for over 20 years. Immigration and Criminal Attorneys of Jamaican and American descent across the US Diaspora were invited to join the JDIDPTF. Also invited were community leaders and non-lawyers throughout the Diaspora. The force benefits from expertise in different areas of Immigration and Criminal law as well as administration, outreach, communication, web design and social media skills.
Convened on November 7, 2016, The Jamaica Diaspora Immigration and Deportation Prevention Task Force was formed to:
– educate Jamaicans in the Diaspora about their Immigration rights,
– educate Jamaicans about the benefits of becoming citizens of their host countries,
– help reduce the large numbers of Jamaicans deported to the island from the US, Canada and the UK annually,
– return Jamaicans who were wrongfully deported to their host countries.
There are over three million Jamaicans living in the Diaspora – in the US, UK and Canada. Many of these Jamaicans have been undocumented for several years and are eligible to apply for US citizenship, yet have not applied.
The largest number of deportees from the United States yearly is Jamaicans. Over 20K Jamaicans have been deported to Jamaica within the past 10 years.
To assist Jamaicans in the Diaspora to navigate the immigration laws to their benefit, to increase the numbers of naturalized Jamaicans in the Diaspora, to reduce the numbers of Jamaicans deported from their host countries and to assist in returning Jamaicans who have been wrongfully deported.
* February 24, 2017 is a Launch in Brooklyn, New York at 630 pm at a location to be determined shortly. The purpose is to introduce the Jamaican community and media to the JDIDP Task Force.
* March 15th – 18th, 2017 is a trip to Kingston and Montego Bay. The task force will meet with Deportees to determine their eligibility to return to their host country.
* In the meantime the task force will create a hotline in the US for the families of detained Jamaicans to speak with members of the Task Force.
* A series of seminars and citizenship drives are being scheduled across the Diaspora. regions. From April through July 2017 they will be held at various churches across the Diaspora.
The Jamaica Diaspora Immigration and Deportation Prevention Task Force
Name Role State
Joan O. Pinnock, Esq. Lead/Immigration Attorney NJ/ NY
Dr. Rupert A. Francis. Senior Advisor to Task Force CA
Tanya T. Dorman, Esq. Immigration/ Criminal Attorney CT
Rev Andrew Bennett. Pastoral Advisor NJ
Neil Stanley, Esq. Immigration Attorney DC
Walter Nealy, Esq. Criminal Attorney NJ
Jaha Smith, Esq. Criminal Attorney NY
Vanessa Butler Project Manager/Administrator VA
Wayne Golding, Esq. Immigration/ Criminal Attorney FL
Erin Lue- Hing Future Leader / Youth Liaison NJ
Michelle White, Esq. Immigration Attorney FL
Tamara Murray, Esq. Immigration Attorney MA
Paulette Wilkinson. Secretariat MA
Carmeta Albarus,MSW. Social Work consultant NY
Cecil Rowe, Esq. Immigration/ Criminal Attorney. NY
Donna Lue- Hing. Secretariat. NY
Lorraine Badley. Secretariat. DE
Latangie Williams, Esq. Immigration Attorney FL
Kimone Gooden Technology Consultant CA
Joanna Minott Social Media Technology VA
Shanique Fenlator, Esq. Immigration Attorney CT
Shelly-Ann Tomlinson, Esq. Immigration Attorney CT
Prepared by Attorney Joan Pinnock, Advisory Board Member NE USA
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