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E-learning Course: Select Issues in VAWA Self-Petitioning

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E-learning Course: 

Select Issues in VAWA Self-Petitioning


Presented by:

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)


November 3-December 8, 2011


This training will cover select issues in self-petitioning and gaining permanent residence under the Violence Against Women Act. This four-week course provides participants with previous training and/or experience in VAWA cases more in-depth instruction, updated information and an opportunity to further develop the skills necessary to effectively prepare and file self-petitions . Topics covered will include: developments in self-petitioning eligibility requirements and a look at complex eligibility issues; best practices in preparing and documenting self-petitions; assessing and responding to problems throughout the self-petitioning process such as Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny; and issues related to inadmissibility, waivers and adjustment of status.  Please see the course outline for a more detailed description of the topics covered. 

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on select Thursdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle, Kristina Karpinski, and Susan Schreiber. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.  Additionally, please note that the course is geared toward individuals who already have some training and or experience handling VAWA cases.

Also, please note that in order to access the audio portion of the webinars participants will need computer speakers or headphones.

Registration: The training is open to OVW grantees from the Legal Assistance for Victims grant program, the Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services program, the Rural grant program and the STOP program.  Registration is limited to 35 participants.  The deadline for registration is October 27th, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Chris Ozaki at 415-394-9371 or at cozaki@cliniclegal.org.  

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2007-TA-AX-K036 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.