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Corporate Immigration Enforcement: Risks for Employers – A Two Part Series: Part I


This is a virtual event, accessible over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary program co-sponsored by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.


The Trump administration has had a significant impact on immigration. Companies and employees are finding themselves in the government’s crosshairs due to the increased immigration related enforcement at the worksite and borders. Worksite inspections and audits have increased over the past year and are expected to increase in 2018. In order to minimize the risk of a government investigation, employers must understand the risks they face due to the increased scrutiny and the best way to adopt a comprehensive immigration compliance plan.

In this webinar, Part One of the series, Manatt and Fragomen attorneys will provide insight into the priorities of the government agencies and their impact upon companies and their employees. They will also discuss the rights and obligations of foreign national travelers at the border and special concerns involving the privacy of electronic devices.

In Part Two of the series, scheduled for March 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET , Manatt and Fragomen attorneys will provide an overview of the types of civil, administrative, and criminal issues that companies may face, potential enforcement scenarios, and steps to avoid being caught in the crosshairs.

Educational Objectives:
• Gain insight into the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities;
• Examine the admissions process for foreign national travelers and their rights and obligations;
• Discuss border searches and seizures and the special concerns involving privacy and electronic devices.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Corporate (In-house), Law Firms


Richard S. Hartunian
  • Partner
  • Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Rick defends companies against allegations of white collar crime, healthcare fraud and environmental violations, and advises on cross border security and trade issues, as well as cybersecurity, employment and defense procurement matters. He also helps clients manage crises that result from litigation and government enforcement efforts, particularly when investigations involve multiple agencies and jurisdictions.During his tenure as United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Rick headed several key initiatives and prosecutions. He strengthened his office s Civil Division, emphasizing affirmative civil enforcement to combat healthcare and procurement fraud, and he worked closely with the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on cybercrime, including trade secret and customer data theft. Rick now advises companies that are under scrutiny by the government or are victims of cyberattacks by criminal organizations or state actors and provides counsel on preemptive measures.Rick has substantial knowledge of and good working relationships with U.S. and Canadian border security agencies, enabling him to assist U.S. and Canadian businesses that have pressing border related concerns. Rick also has experience with Native American tribal affairs and gaming matters.Frequently interviewed by the legal press, Rick is also regularly invited to address both public and private organizations, including county, state, federal and national bar associations.

Parisa Karaahmet
  • Partner
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Parisa K. Karaahmet is a partner at Fragomen in the firm’s New York office. At Fragomen, Parisa leads a team that focuses on individual and complex immigration matters and also manages a number of corporate accounts. Her area of focus includes advising clients with respect to criminal and other inadmissibility grounds, employer sanctions, EB-5, E-verify and I-9 compliance, and enforcement.

On the corporate Compliance advisory group side, Parisa represents a variety of large, mid-size and smaller companies in their immigration matters, including those in the financial services, medical, pharmaceutical, and technology sectors. She also regularly advises academic institutions and hospitals in their immigration matters.

Prior to joining Fragomen, Parisa served as an Assistant District Counsel and Acting Deputy District Counsel for the Immigration & Naturalization Service, New York District. Parisa received her J.D. from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and her B.A. from Syracuse University.

Blake Chisam
  • Partner
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Blake Chisam is Fragomen’s Chief Audit and Privacy Officer. In this role, Blake oversees the firm's audit and risk management activities, as well as the firm's privacy program. Resident to the firm’s Washington, DC office, Blake’s practice focuses on government investigations, risk management and compliance, along with government strategies.

Blake was previously senior counsel to the immigration subcommittee for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, where he worked on policy and oversight issues related to employment-based immigration, border security, immigration enforcement, refugee issues, naturalization and citizenship, international law, and federal claims (including the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund). In addition to his former role with the House Judiciary Committee, Blake served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics Committee) from 2009-2011, and counsel to the Ethics Committee Chair and Senior Policy Advisor to Representative Zoe Lofgren in 2009. During his tenure, Blake directed an unprecedented number of complex Congressional ethics investigations and served as lead counsel in high-profile House ethics disciplinary hearings. Before his Congressional service, Blake’s practice involved criminal defense, investigations and immigration law.

Blake received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law and his B.A. from Auburn University.

Continuing Education

1.5 HRCI, 1.5 General COA, 1.5 SHRM
A basic understanding of immigration issues.
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