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Bono Opportunity: Interested in Immigration Remedies for Domestic
Violence Victims? Please click here and fill out a brief survey!http://bit.ly/gspi_irdvv
victims of domestic violence face several obstacles to safety. In
addition to cultural and language barriers, abusers may use immigration
status or threat of deportation to assert power and control. Immigrant
victims are also less likely to call the police out of fear of
The Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono
& Community Service Committee of AABANY are launching a pilot pro
bono project with Legal Services NYC. This project offers both attorney
and law student AABANY members CLE training in "Immigration Remedies for
Victims of Domestic Violence" and the opportunity to represent clients
on a pro bono basis in U-Visa and VAWA cases. The cases are expected to
come from all five boroughs.
The CLE training will provide a legal overview and practical guidance
for preparing and filing two separate forms of immigration relief
available to domestic violence victims. It will cover the Violence
Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petition, which provides abused spouses of
US citizens or green card holders with an avenue to self-petition for a
green card. It will also cover U Nonimmigrant Status (U-visas) for
crime victims who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and
have cooperated with law enforcement. A key component of the training
will cover the dynamics of abusive relationships and working with
victims of domestic violence. Attorneys can expect to gain skills in
working directly with clients, drafting detailed client narratives, and
corresponding with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The purpose of this survey is to gauge the AABANY membership's
interest and possible resources in pursuing this project. Please
complete this survey if you are interested in participating in this
exciting new pilot project and collaborative opportunity. You will be
notified once more details are confirmed. The 2-hour training will
likely be held on an evening in June at 40 Worth Street in Manhattan,
but training details will be announced soon. The training will be worth
2.0 CLE credits.
For any questions, please contact Katrina Goyco at firstname.lastname@example.org.