Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Mountain Time)
Presenters: Leslye Orloff, Director and Benish Anver, Policy Staff Attorney, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University Washington College of Law, & Robin Murphy, Chief Counsel, Civil Programs, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA).
Description: This 90-minute webinar is for attorneys, advocates, and other professionals who work with immigrant survivors of violence.
This webinar will review the expansion in access to legal services by immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, and other U visa crimes, regardless of immigration status, made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) that Legal Services Corporation (LSC) implemented in its new LSC 2014 regulations. These regulations govern how immigrant crime victims can access assistance from legal aid and legal services organizations that receive LSC funding. VAWA 2005 ended restrictions and significantly expanded access to LSC funded agencies creating direct access to legal representation without regard to immigration status for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, dating violence, child and elder abuse and other U visa covered criminal activities. This webinar will discuss: how immigrant survivors can receive legal services under anti-abuse statutes; the legal assistance related to the abuse that can be offered; at what point in the process immigrants can receive full representation under immigration regulations; and how immigrant survivors benefit from successful collaborations between LSC funded programs and immigrant survivor advocates and attorneys.
This is an interactive webinar in which attendees will be encouraged to participate and ask questions.