ASISTA One Day In-Person & Virtual Advanced CLE Conf: U Visa Certification Statutes, Strategies, & Advocacy

Jun 21, 2023 9:00AM—5:00PM


Delta Hotels Orlando Celebration 2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL, 34747 (Live-streaming option will be available)

Cost Early Bird Pricing (through June 10th)

Event Contact Maria Lazzarino | Email


ASISTA One Day In-Person Advanced CLE Conference

U Visa Certification Statutes, Strategies, & Advocacy

 (Live-streaming option will be available)

Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 9:00am – 5:00pm ET

(during the AILA Conference week) 

Location: Delta Hotels Orlando Celebration  2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL, 34747


The registration link is the same to attend the conference in-person or virtually. You will select your option during the registration process. 

OVW Grantees: LAV and JFF grantees may attend with a GAM approved by their grant manager. Grantees from all other OVW grant programs are also required to submit a GAM before they commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

During this one-day, in-person conference, participants will learn how to successfully navigate U certification requirements, including identifying characterizing crimes, understanding local policies for requesting and correcting certifications, and using state U visa certification statutes to best serve immigrant survivors.

This one-day conference is intended for advanced attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives who already have a basic understanding about U, T, and VAWA related cases, and have experience or interest in working with U visa certification statutes or navigating local certification requirements, and the latest policies to support immigrant survivors. Speakers include ASISTA’s national experts.

Session 1: (1.5 hrs.) 9:00 – 10:30 am ET 

Before You Request a Certification

This session will review important questions that advocates should consider prior to making requests for U visa certifications, including questions surrounding who is the victim, who is the certifier, and what are the qualifying crimes. It will also discuss benefits, drawbacks, and risks of making requests during certain stages of a criminal case.

Speakers:  Lia Ocasio, Staff Attorney, ASISTA; Sonia Parras Konrad, Law Office of Sonia Parras, PLLC.

Session 2: (1.5 hrs.) 10:45 am – 12:15 pm ET

U Visa Certification Statutes: Advocacy and Enforcement Strategies

Where are they? What are they? How can you use them to the greatest effect? This session will provide an overview of existing U visa certification statutes and how to use them to advance immigrant survivor relief. It will also examine using state litigation to enforce U visa certification statutes.

Speakers:  Daniel McFadden, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Massachusetts;  Rebecca Eissenova, Senior Staff Attorney, ASISTA


Break: 12:15 pm  – 1:15 pm ET


Session 3: (1.5 hrs.) 1:15 – 2:45 pm ET

Advocating for U Visa Certifications in Different Political Environments

This session will cover common strategies for advocating for U visa certifications from law enforcement agencies in localities hostile to immigrants and those lacking state certification statutes to compel an LEA response. It will discuss how to navigate various hesitancies and obstacles to certification that LEAs may raise as a matter of internal policy or practice.

Speakers:  Nicole Avila, Immigration Attorney, Florida Legal Services; Anna M. Cushman, Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina – Immigration Pathways for Victims (IMMPAV)-(Former Battered Immigrant Project); Lia Ocasio, Staff Attorney, ASISTA.

Session 4: (1.5 hrs.) 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

Imperfect Fit/Qualifying Crimes

This session will cover how to use a U-certification to best situate your client for success when the arrest report or charging document is not a perfect fit for a qualifying crime. Focusing on felonious assault and domestic violence, we will discuss two main approaches to this element (the mechanical “similar-to” assertion and the fact-based “detected” argument), when to use each, and how best to document them.

Speakers:  Rebecca Eissenova, Senior Staff Attorney, ASISTA; Mark Prada, Partner, Prada Urizar Dominguez, PLLC; Vivianna Stubbe, Immigration Lawyer and Founding Partner of Haratz & Stubbe, LLC.


Prices for full training (4 sessions = 6 CLE credit hrs.)

Early Bird Pricing (through June 10th)

  • $375 Non-Profit 
  • $475 ASISTA Member 
  • $600 Non-ASISTA Member
  • Group Discounts: We offer a 10% discount for groups of 5 or more. Please contact to process your group registration.

Note: Prices for training will increase $25 starting Sunday, June 11, 2023.  Processing fees apply for online payments

Coffee/tea/Beverages, and Light Sack will be provided.

CLE: 6 hrs. of MCLE credits will be applied for this conference. Certificates of attendance will be available upon request after completion on training. (Note: all sessions have a 15-minute break in between). 

Interested in sponsoring this conference? Your support will be highlighted in conference outreach and materials, during  the conference, and includes a FREE registration spot.

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Questions: Contact Maria Lazzarino at with any questions.


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