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Telehealth for Immigrants and Refugees: Opportunities and Challenges

Our panel answered questions on how COVID-19 has affected immigration issues including working with immigration offices with modified hours due to the virus, how COVID-19 has affected border issues, people seeking asylum, people trying to enter the U.S. legally, and international travel. They also answered questions about public charge and whether the stimulus check, unemployment benefits, and COVID-19 testing affect statuses and updates on DACA.

Featured Speakers

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Megan Galicia is an immigration attorney whose practice focuses on family and humanitarian petitions and removal (deportation) defense. Since 2017, she has been an associate attorney at Martinez Immigration Law LLC in Kansas City, MO. Megan is a former teacher who lived and taught in Texas and Mexico before returning to her hometown of Kansas City to fulfill her dream of becoming an immigration lawyer.

She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law in 2016 and is a former editor of the UMKC Law Review. While in law school, Megan served as a judicial intern at the Kansas City Immigration Court. Megan is fluent in Spanish and is a frequent volunteer with the pro bono legal project at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Megan helped launch a Kansas City organization that trains lawyers to provide free legal representation to detained immigrants in immigration court bond proceedings.

As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Megan was awarded an AILA Presidential Commendation in 2019 for exemplary service to the organization. Megan, attorney Andrea Martinez, and their clients were featured in the Netflix series “Living Undocumented.”

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Clare Murphy Shaw is the Managing Attorney of the Asylum Clinic KC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in North Kansas City, MO. Attorneys at the McCrummen Immigration Law Group founded the nonprofit to promote increased access to counsel for vulnerable immigrants. Clare was hired by McCrummen to develop the Clinic in 2017. She also represents detained children who arrived in the United States without a parent or guardian,  and who are facing deportation. Her practice is mainly focused on humanitarian-based applications, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, as well as deportation defense.

Clare has an extensive background in non-profit work including attaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, writing by-laws, and establishing nonprofit boards. She is an accomplished grant-writer and has submitted grants for a broad scope of community-based organizations. Clare is a 2005 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and is fluent in Spanish.

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Raymond Rico is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, and a proud alumn of Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.  Raymond is an immigration lawyer at the Garcia Immigration Law Firm, LLC in Kansas City, Kansas.  Raymond advocated for the successful passage of Kansas' in-state tuition law in 2004 while working in Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office.

Raymond then worked in Washington, DC for the National Immigration Law Center as a fellow of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.  Raymond lobbied in DC for the passage of the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform package and the DREAM Act, worked to fight the rise of anti-immigrant state legislation, while organizing and facilitating the "United We Dream Coalition," to fight for immigrant student rights.

Raymond left Washington to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  Raymond continues to be active in the immigration fight locally, serves on the Hispanic Development Fund of Greater Kansas City, the ACLU of Kansas, the Communities Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees, and just termed off the Reach Healthcare Foundation board of Directors.

Nancy Olivares

Nancy Z. Olivares is a Kansas City native and first-generation American born to Mexican immigrant parents. She received a Juris Doctorate from UMKC Law School in 2011 and a Bachelor's and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees in 2001 and 2003, respectively, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She currently owns and operates small immigration and criminal defense firm committed to serving immigrants and underserved populations in the greater Kansas City area. Nancy's deep and humble roots inspire her to be a voice against social and economic injustices and an advocate for all human rights.

Suzanne Gladney

Moderator:  Suzanne Gladney is an immigration attorney who founded the Migrant Farmworkers Assitance Fund in 1984. She retired from the west office managing attorney position at Legal Aid of Western Missouri in 2013 after 37 years of service. She manages MFAF full-time.