Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and ASISTA Immigration Assistance
March 26-27, 2019
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The registration deadline is March 4, 2019 or until capacity is reached.
Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town
4041 Harney Street
San Diego, CA 92110
This two-day course is geared towards non-lawyer legal advocates who will be or are currently working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence (DV) or sexual assault (SA). Trainers will combine a basic overview of immigration law with an introduction to legal and case management skills critical to becoming an effective immigration law advocate. This training is designed to help prepare legal advocates to become Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited. DOJ accreditation allows non-lawyers to practice immigration law and assist survivors with obtaining lawful immigration status without the abuser’s knowledge or consent.
Topics covered shall include: an overview of the immigration system and laws, immigrating through marriage and other family relationships, grounds of inadmissibility and removability, immigration remedies under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA and U status), adjustment of status, DOJ recognition and accreditation and ethical considerations in working with immigration cases.
The training will be interactive with group and individual exercises and several opportunities for discussion and information sharing. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up to receive an individual consultation on assembling their DOJ recognition and accreditation applications. This is a two-day training, and participants will be required to attend both days of the training.
Faculty members include Kristina Karpinski, Sarah Bronstein and Helen Chen of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and Amy Cheung of ASISTA Immigration Assistance. CLINIC and ASISTA assist DV and SA advocates with obtaining DOJ recognition for their agency and accreditation for themselves as staff working for those agencies.
This training is open to Legal Assistance for Victims, Rural Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence and Stalking grantees and partners, Culturally Specific Services for survivors of violence as well as recipients of the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP) sub grantees. The grantees referenced above will have priority for the training. If OVW Technical Assistance providers and other OVW grantees are interested in participating, they will be admitted if space is available. Registration is limited to 35 participants. Up to two participants from the same organization/agency are permitted to register. If there are more than two participants from the same organization/agency interested in attending, we will place them on a waiting list and contact them if additional spaces become available.
Please note that this training is open solely to non-lawyer legal advocates who are seeking initial DOJ accreditation.
Please register no later than March 4th, 2018 at:
Please let us know in the registration form if you need any accommodations, such as wheelchair access, spoken language or ASL interpreters, large font handouts, or any other assistance.
If you have any questions about the training or registration form, please contact:
Silvana Arista of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) at 301-565-4827 or via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nataly Perez of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) at 301-565-4828 or via Email at email@example.com