Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Penn State Law School's Center for Immigrants’ Rights provides tools to help immigrant survivors of domestic violence
Advocates and attorneys who work with victims of domestic violence need to understand the dynamics of power and control and how they affect the safety of their clients. This understanding is especially important in working with non-citizen victims who often face additional hurdles compared to American citizens.
The Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights has published “Immigration Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse,” a toolkit to help practitioners in representing immigrant victims of domestic abuse. Prepared for the Centre County Women’s Resource Center’s Civil Legal Representation Project (CLRP), the division of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC) that provides legal advice and representation to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in family law matters, the toolkit outlines remedies available specifically for non-citizen victims.
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The toolkit includes information about the following remedies: the U visa, T visa, VAWA self-petition, VAWA cancellation of removal, and prosecutorial discretion. Specifically, it contains an analysis of the substantive materials on these subjects, including relevant statutes, regulations, agency memoranda, and secondary sources.
On September 7, 2012, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights and CLRP will be co-sponsoring “Immigration Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse,” an in depth Continuing Legal Education program featuring immigration and domestic violence experts about the laws relating to U visa, T visa, and VAWA protections. The program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on the program, visit http://law.psu.edu/immigration_remedies.