Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:00am to Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:45pm

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we've chosen to cancel this event this year. We hope to provide this training again in the future, and we'll update this page when we have more information.

This intensive five-day training is being conducted in collaboration with World Relief. 

The training will be conducted using the curriculum of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). This course will help to provide the necessary training component for individuals who wish to apply for accreditation from the Department of Justice (DOJ - formerly known as BIA recognition and accreditation). DOJ recognition and accreditation allows non-attorneys working at non-profit organizations to practice immigration law. The course will touch on all areas of immigration law and practice focusing on topics most relevant to those serving and representing low-income immigrants.

Due to the requirements of the recognition and accreditation application process, we recommend that only individuals with U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or other long-term immigration status apply for this training.  If you have questions, please contact Sarah Bankard at

Additional requirements for applying for Department of Justice (DOJ) recognition and accreditation will be discussed during the training week. Participants who pass the take-home test will receive a certificate of completion from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), the authors of the training curriculum. This will help participants in the process of obtaining DOJ recognition and accreditation.

Registration fee

($50 late fee added after August 14, 2020) 
Non-Profit - $375
For-Profit or attorney/ paralegal - $650

Lodging options 

Lodging is available at the Welcoming Place, a conference and meeting center at MCC. The Welcoming Place consists of four houses, each with 11 rooms. Hotel style rooms boast a private bath for each room and a common living area.  Check-in begins on Sunday and check out is Saturday am. Shared occupancy (if you do not identify a roommate, we will assign a roommate to you) is $222 USD (6 nights @ $37 per night). Single occupancy (limited) is $282 USD (6 nights @ $47 per night). Costs are per person, per night.  More information is available at:

Meal options 
(vegetarian/vegan and diet specific options available upon request)
$125 U.S. Sunday supper is not included (September 13) 
6 breakfasts
5 lunches
5 dinners and snacks

Who can attend?
Preference will be given to staff of not-for-profit agencies. (There is a limited number of spots for private attorneys or paralegals working for private law firms.)

Maximum number of students permitted
No more than 50 students will be admitted.

Please complete the registration form. You must complete the registration form, to arrange lodging, meals, and transportation, along with your full payment, no later than August 14, 2020. ($50 late fee added after August 14, 2020). 

MCC vehicles can assist with transport to and from The Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) and The Philadelphia Airport (PHL) at designated times (flights must arrive on Sunday, September 13, 2020, and depart on Saturday, September 19, 2020).

Cost includes trip from and to the respective airport.
From/to Philadelphia - $100 U.S.
From/to Harrisburg - $50 U.S.

*Once transportation is reserved, fee is nonrefundable.