Immigration Enforcement, Arrests, and the Law: Knowing Your Rights

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Institute On Aging

3575 Geary Boulevard

San Francisco, CA 94118

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement---otherwise known by its acronym “ICE”---is the domestic immigration law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

In recent years, ICE has stepped up its arrests of undocumented immigrants inside the United States---as well as suspected undocumented immigrants ----in a concerted effort to arrest and deport some tens of thousands of people, with orders of removal.

These raids have targeted undocumented and suspected immigrants at places of worship, community centers, homes, and public buildings and government offices. ICE, through its expansive efforts, has attempted to instill fear and prompt confusion regarding the constitutional rights of immigrants and non-immigrants alike.

Join us for this informative discussion which reviews: immigration enforcement and constitutional rights in practice; how you can plan to protect yourself, your clients, and your family from constitutional abuse and violations; and how to best plan for the potential consequences of deportation.

About Your Instructor:

Ryan Knutson is an attorney practicing law in the State of California. Ryan attended law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA, graduating in 2015. Ryan started his career as a lawyer with La Raza Centro Legal, a non-profit civil rights organization serving the low-income and Latino community in San Francisco's Mission District. There, Ryan led the Legal Counsel for the Elderly and Civil Rights program for nearly 2.5 years. In this capacity, he represented clients in estate planning and trust litigation, social security disability, civil rights discrimination, consumer protection, and eviction defense cases in state and federal courts. Ryan then worked for a large insurance defense firm in the areas of personal injury law and real estate defense. In 2019, Ryan opened his own law practice focused on elder and disability law, including estate planning (wills, trusts, and probate) and estate litigation, social security, elder abuse, and property and wealth planning for immigration consequences. He is a member of the Alameda and San Francisco County Bar Associations, the Alameda County Bar Association Barristers Section, and the National Lawyers' Guild.


As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the current status of domestic immigration enforcement across the U.S.
  • Recite at least two constitutional provisions and laws that apply to immigration enforcement and action inside the U.S.
  • Apply at least two best practices for dealing with potential immigration enforcement action, which may be implemented on behalf of clients
  • Practice at least two typical immigration arrest scenarios and hypotheticals

Continuing Education will be offered for this training.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Doors to the training will open at noon. The program will begin on time, so please be prompt.

Place: Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118

Directions and Parking: Limited street parking around the building, in mostly 2-hour increments. Public transportation is nearby, with the Geary bus running right in front of the building.

Attendees are welcome to bring lunch, snack and beverages into the training, but none will be provided by IOA.


Continuing Education Information (1.5 Continuing Education Units): APA; BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSWs); MCLE.

If you seek 1.5 professional Continuing Education Unit, please note this in your reservation. There will be no charge for this.

Also note that BBS no longer delivers CEs. CAMFT does offer CEs to LCSWs.

For further information or cancellation (within 24 hours prior to event), in addition to questions, grievances, concerns, and special accommodations for disabilities, please contact Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging, at, or (415) 750-4114. This training is taking place within a fully ADA-compliant building.

Introductory Level: No knowledge of the specific content area is required---you need not have in-depth knowledge or skills. The activity will provide information in accordance with basic knowledge of the topic.

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 5 working days of the event. An evaluation-test will be provided to all CE registrants, who must then attend the entire program and turn in their evaluation at the end of the program in order to qualify for a CE certificate.

American Psychological Association (APA): Institute on Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 1.5 Contact Hours.

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264). (1.5 Ethics)

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