CLE | Helping Non-Citizen Women Navigate our Court System: Issues & Challenges

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | HOW: via ZOOM | COST: $20  | MCLE: 1.0 DIEB

In this 1 hour gathering we will learn about:

  • Types of immigration status and how they affect women
  • What brings noncitizens into court?
  • What are the challenges noncitizen women find in our courts?
  • How can we make it easier for women to navigate the court system?
  • Protections for noncitizen women under the Immigration laws
  • Best practices for attorneys representing noncitizens


Sharon Ames, Esq.

Ms. Ames has practiced exclusively in Immigration Law since 1999 and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Her practice is focused on “crimmigration” (the intersection of criminal law and immigration law), family-based immigration, citizenship, and Special Immigration Juveniles. From its inception in 2016 to January 2022, Ms. Ames was the Immigration Law Director of the Regional Immigration Assistance Center (RIAC) for Region 2, covering 16 counties in New York’s 5th and 6th judicial districts. Previous to this work, she was an Attorney for the Child (2010-16) in Family Court. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and St. Lawrence University. She is the sole member of Ames Immigration Law, PLLC, and has had her own practice in Syracuse since 1984. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association, and the New York State Defenders Association.

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