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Government Service and Public Interest Committee Meeting
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5/22/2014
When: 5/22/2014
7:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Constantine Cannon
335 Madison Ave
New York, New York 
United States


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CLICK HERE FOR THE AGENDA FOR THIS MEETING

CLICK HERE FOR  ATTACHED NOTES FROM LAST GSPI MEETING ON 3/27/2014
TO SEE SOME OF THE PROGRAM IDEAS

QUESTIONS: Please call Karen Kithan Yau at 347-661-7490 or karen.yau@aabany.org or Katrina Goyco at 201-522-2323 or katrina.goyco@aabany.org.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Interested in Immigration Remedies for Domestic Violence Victims? Please click here and fill out a brief survey!http://bit.ly/gspi_irdvv

Immigrant 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 deportation.

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 katrina.goyco@aabany.org.