ASISTA Virtual CLE Conference
Legal Refresher and Practice Tips: Legal Remedies for Immigrant Survivors
Wed, September 21st – Thur, September 22nd, 2022: 12-5:30 pm est
Note for LAV Grantees Only: Grantees may use their LAV funds to attend this training without having to submit a GAM. All other OVW grantees & STOP sub-grantees: Please check with your grant manager if you are allowed to use OVW training funds to participate in this conference.
Let ASISTA’s national experts train your legal staff! This 2-day conference is intended for new and intermediate attorneys, DOJ Accredited Representatives, paralegals, and other legal advocates who have some experience working with survivor cases, but are seeking a refresher on the fundamentals or have questions about the latest legal requirements, understanding the effect of trauma in their case preparation, identifying red flags, other family members’ eligibility, and managing expectations.
Participants will review how to identify survivor-based immigration remedies, conduct trauma-informed representation, assess a client’s facts to determine eligibility and identify red flags, and consider the intersections of immigrant survivor relief with other humanitarian relief applications. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills through hands-on activities.
Session Information: All sessions are 2 hrs. with a 1 hour break in between sessions, for a total of 8 hours.
Day 1: Wednesday, September 21st (12:00 – 5:00pm EDT)
Session 1: Assessing Relief: An Overview of Survivor-Based Immigration Protections (12-2pm est)
Immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and other crimes face myriad barriers accessing safety and justice. To combat these barriers, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) created special paths to secure immigration status. In this interactive session, participants will examine these protections, take an in-depth look at their requirements, and evaluate which relief options are best for their clients.
Session 2: Trauma-Informed Lawyering: From Client Intakes to Case Preparation and Beyond (3-5pm est)
During this session, practitioners will learn best practices for working with clients who have experienced trauma, and reflect on the ways in which secondary trauma can impact effective advocacy. Participants will provide feedback and suggestions during multiple role plays designed to illustrate some challenges and best practices for conducting intake and representing clients who have experienced trauma.
Day 2: Thursday, September 22d (12:00 – 5:00 pm EDT)
Session 3: Are They Eligible?: Analyzing the Facts and Identifying Red Flags (12-2pm est)
Utilizing skills from Sessions 1 and 2, participants will assess a hypothetical client’s facts to determine eligibility for survivor-based immigration benefits and whether there are any red flags, including grounds of inadmissibility. Participants will also determine whether any waivers apply and how to apply them.
Session 4: Strategic Considerations: Survivor-Based and Other Immigration Relief (3-5pm est)
A survey and discussion of the other types of immigration relief that may intersect with survivor-based immigration applications, when multiple family members seek different forms of humanitarian relief, such as SIJS and asylum. Participants will examine a hypothetical fact pattern to explore the intersections and identify areas of potential conflict that may arise when multiple forms of relief are sought.
Prices for full training (4 x 2.0 hr sessions)
$300 Legal Staff/Advocates/Non-Profit
$400 ASISTA Member Private Attorney
Note: Prices for training will increase $50 starting Monday, September 19th, 2022, and registration will close the day before the training on Tuesday September 20th, 2022 at 5pm EST. Processing fees apply for online payments
CLE: 8 hrs of Texas MCLE credits will be applied for this conference. Certificates of attendance will be available upon request.
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