Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act) in October 2000. The legislation was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of noncitizens and other crimes, while also protecting victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse due to the crime and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. In this full day workshop, we will offer 3 sessions for new and veteran volunteers who are interested in representing immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in obtaining a U Visa. New and veteran volunteers are invited to join for this training and welcome to attend as many sessions as your schedule permits.
Session 1 | 9:30am – 12:00pm
U Visa 101: Everything you need to know to represent an immigrant survivor in their U Visa case
Lunch | 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Session 2 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Special Topic: The Intersection between U visas and Civil Protection Orders
Session 3 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Special Topic: Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy