ROSE A. CAHN
Rose A. Cahn is the Criminal and Immigrant Justice attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, where she founded and oversees the nation’s first pro bono Immigrant Post-Conviction Relief Project. A nationally recognized expert in the field of immigrant post-conviction relief, she has over 15 years of experience working in the field of immigrant rights, with a special focus on the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Rose has co-authored several manuals including California Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants and Helping Immigrant Clients with Proposition 47 and Other Post-Conviction Legal Options. Rose spearheads federal, state, and local policy advocacy to help advance the rights of immigrants with criminal convictions and assist providers in understanding how to better serve this population. She is one of the principle drafters of California Penal Code § 1473.7, a landmark piece of legislation that created a legal mechanism to vacate unconstitutional convictions. Rose frequently trains immigration attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, district attorneys, and advocates on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and post-conviction relief.
Raha Jorjani is an Immigration Defense Attorney with the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender in Oakland, California and directs California’s first public defender Immigration Representation Unit. The Unit received the 2016 “Program of the Year” award from the California Public Defender’s Association. From 2007 until 2014, Raha served as a Clinical Professor at the UC Davis School of Law in the immigration law clinic. In 2015, she taught the first course offered at the UC Berkeley School of Law dedicated to “Crimmigration.” Since 2005, Raha has provided pro bono representation and legal assistance to hundreds of immigrants, most of them detained before the Immigration Court, BIA, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and California state courts. She litigated the Israel O. case before the California Court of Appeal, which resulted in the first published opinion in California to uphold one-parent claims to SIJS for kids in delinquency proceedings. Raha regularly conducts trainings for attorneys and state court judges on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. In 2016, she was selected as one of eight fellows for the Rosenberg Foundation’s Inaugural Leading Edge Fellowship and in 2017, she received the Community Service Award from the Iranian American Bar Association.