The US immigration and customs enforcement has opened up a huge new detention center, the “Moshannon Valley Processing Center ”, in the middle of Pennsylvania. Never mind that it’s hundreds of miles away from the Cleveland immigration court. Never mind that it will take attorneys a day to get there and back, even from neighboring states. Detainees there will have their bond hearings, asylum hearings, and any other hearings for immigration relief via video with the Immigration Court in Cleveland.
When the USICE was using the Youngstown federal prison as a detention center, the process was very similar to what is being applied now. Our law office helped over 100 detainees at the Youngstown center. Applying our experience, we have already begun to assist clients at the Moshannon Valley Processing Center. Contacting clients in such circumstances can be challenging! But we have gone through this before and developed a process.
We have already begun serving clients at the Moshannon Valley Processing Center, and continue to develop our contacts and relationship with the center. We are able to schedule telephone appointments with our clients, to obtain information about the cases, prepare their bond hearing packets, and prepare them for their bond hearings.
Typically, we appear in court in Cleveland for the bond hearings, while the detainee appears via video from the Moshannon Valley Processing Center.
If you or a loved one, friend or family, is detained at the Moshannon Valley Processing Center, please contact us. We have the resources, the tools, and an established process to contact, interview, prepare, and represent your family member or friend in all types of immigration court proceedings before the Cleveland immigration court.
© Farhad Sethna, Attorney, 2022
Farhad Sethna has practiced law for over 25 years. He was awarded his JD in 1990 and his MBA in 1991, both from the University of Akron. Since 1996, he has also been an adjunct professor of Immigration Law at the University of Akron, School of Law, in Akron, Ohio, where he wrote and continues to use his own immigration textbook. Attorney Sethna is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education and professional development seminars on various immigration-related topics. His practice is limited to immigration and small business. He has won awards for excellence in teaching and for pro-bono service. With offices in Cuyahoga Falls, Akron and New Philadelphia, Ohio, Attorney Sethna represents clients in all types of immigration cases before federal agencies and the immigration courts nationwide. A private pilot, it is Farhad’s goal to fly to each of Ohio’s 88 county airports. Our number is: (330) 384-8000. Please send your general immigration questions to AttorneySethna@immigration-america.com. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.