Webinar: Obtaining U Visa Certification from Judges in Protection Order, Family, Criminal and Other State Court Proceedings
Presented by: the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) In Partnership with Legal Momentum
Date: February 20, 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 2:00p.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Cost: The webinar is free to all participants.
Target Audience: The webinar is for grantees, subgrantees, grant partners and potential grantees of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and advocates, attorneys, judges and court staff who encounter, work with or advocate for immigrant survivors.
Where: Offered online. Participants must register ahead of time at www.niwap.org/training/u-cert-by-judges.php.
Presenters: Leslye E. Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, NIWAP, American University Washington College of Law; and Judge Ramona Gonzalez, State of Wisconsin Circuit Judge.
Description of webinar: This ninety-minute interactive webinar is designed to train attorneys and advocates working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on how and when U visa certifications can be obtained from state courts. For some immigrants, courts provide the first opportunity to communicate with justice system personnel through a qualified interpreter. Family, protection order, child abuse, probate, criminal, and other state courts regularly hear cases involving immigrant crime victims. There are many instances in which courts can and should be asked to sign U visa certifications. Judges are explicitly listed in the U visa statue and implementing regulations among the government personnel authorized to sign U visa certifications. Under grants from the Office on Violence Against Women and the State Justice Institute, NIWAP has developed a new U Visa Certification toolkit for state and federal judges, magistrates and courts. This webinar will provide attendees with:
· An overview of the law and the special role Congress created regarding U visa certification by judges
· Strategies for seeking U visa certification in various types of state or federal court cases including timing of judicial certification in civil and criminal cases
· Discussion of how obtaining certification from a judge or magistrate can be a viable option for immigrant survivors
· Practice pointers on how judges would complete the U Visa certification form
· Tools and materials containing up-to-date legally correct information on current DHS policies and U visa certification protocol will be provided for attorneys and advocates.
Attendees are encouraged to participate and ask questions. Participants may wish to review previous webinars and webcast on the U visa and other issues of importance to immigrant survivors available at http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/
Closed Captioning is Available.
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