ASISTA One Day In-Person Advanced CLE Conference: U Visa Certification Statutes, Strategies, and Advocacy

May 04, 2023 9:00AM—5:00PM


SEIU Building: 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036

Event Contact Maria Lazzarino | Email



ASISTA One Day In-Person Advanced CLE Conference

U Visa Certification Statutes, Strategies, and Advocacy

  Thursday, May 4, 2023, 9:00am – 5:00pm ET

1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20036 (Dupont Circle)


During this one day in-person conference, participants will learn how to successfully navigate U certification requirements, including identification of qualifying crimes, local policies for requesting and correcting certifications, and more about U visa certification statutes and how to use them to 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.

Speakers: Kelly Head, Staff Attorney, ASISTA; Alison Kamhi, Legal Director, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)  

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

U Visa Certification Statutes:  Where are they? What are they? And what do they say? This session will provide an overview of existing U visa certification statutes and how to use them to advance immigrant survivor relief.

Speakers: Cristina Velez, Legal and Policy Director, ASISTA; Viviana Westbrook, State and Local Advocacy Attorney, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) 

Break: 12:15 pm  – 1:15 pm ET

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

Enforcing U Visa Certification Statutes: This session will focus on using state litigation to enforce U visa certification statutes, with case studies from Massachusetts and Virginia. Panelists will discuss underlying litigation theories and experiences using litigation to advance the goals of the statutes.  

Speakers: Emily Leung, Supervising Immigration Attorney, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts; Madeline Taylor-Diaz, Taylor Diaz & Soltis, PLLC

Moderator: Cristina Velez, Legal and Policy Director, ASISTA

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

Advocating for U visa certifications:  This session will cover common strategies for advocating for U visa certifications from law enforcement agencies in the absence of certification statutes, and how to navigate various obstacles to certificationSpeakers: Kelly Head, Staff Attorney, ASISTA; Rocio Molina, Deputy Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University Washington College of Law (NIWAP)

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

Early Bird Pricing (through April 16th)

  • $375 Non-Profit 
  • $475 ASISTA Member 
  • $600 Non-ASISTA Member

Note: Prices for training will increase $25 starting Tuesday, April 17, 2023.  Processing fees apply for online payments.

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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