DOJ Tries to Silence the Voice of the Immigration Judges - Again!
The Second Attempt to Decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges
Please join the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (SIRR) and the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic next Tuesday afternoon for a talk with Judge Dorothy Harbeck, Immigration Judge and Columbia Law Adjunct Professor. She will discuss the current effort to decertify the immigration judges’ union based on a recently submitted article to the Federal Lawyer.
In August 2019, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ). The NAIJ — originally certified in 1979 as the recognized representative for collective bargaining for all U.S. Immigration Judges — is a voluntary association which represents and speaks for the interests of the nation’s 440 immigration judges. The DOJ asserts that IJs should be reclassified as “management officials.” This would mean IJs could no longer unionize, be part of a collective bargaining unit, or speak independently.
Judge Harbeck is an Immigration Judge for the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (US-DOJ-EOIR). She was appointed to the Elizabeth, NJ Immigration Court in 2006 and transferred to the New York City Immigration Court in 2019. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) which is a component of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (Judicial 2) Union (IFPTE-AFL-CIO). The views expressed during this presentation do not necessarily represent the official position of the United States Department of Justice, the Attorney General, or the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The views represent the author’s personal opinions, which were formed after extensive consultation with the membership of the NAIJ.
If you have any questions please contact Meghan Lucas ([email protected]). This event is sponsored by the Student Senate with funds from the Student Activity Fee.