Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CONFERENCE August 6-7, 2014 Creative Solutions to Strengthen Advocacy Options and Healing for Immigrant Survivors

The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project is sponsoring a edge strategies and newly updated information for family law practitioners. During our conference we will explore a wide range of advocacy options for immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and/or other crimes. This conference will provide a an opportunity for participants to take part in interactive workshops led by practitioners and expert faculty with diverse experiences in jurisdictions across the country in order to address common and recurring problems faced by immigrant survivors and their children in family court. Our faculty will include two state court judges with significant expertise on issues that adult and child immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault face when appearing in state courts.

The conference will include interactive skills building workshops for attorneys on:

1. VAWA Confidentiality,

2. Child Custody,

3. Intersection of Immigration Law,

4. Protection Orders,

5. Access to Public Benefits,

6. U visa certification from Judges and a full range of potential certifiers, and

7. How screening for and applying for VAWA and U visa can increase client safety and strengthen your case by countering an abusers arguments.

For details, here is the agenda.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available for attorneys. We are reserving a limited number of participant seats for family law practitioners and those receiving STOP Grant funding may be eligible for a travel scholarship.

NIWAP is recruiting family law attorneys to join our newly formed community of practice, Family Law Attorneys Advocating for Immigrant Survivors: Community of Practice (COP).This COP is designed to develop and sustain ongoing learning opportunities for family law practitioners to access tools and resources, share insights and feedback, and build relationships with colleagues with varying levels of expertise in the field. Family law practitioners and expert faculty will engage in joint discussions and activities that will include sharing stories, tools, resources, experiences, strategies, problem solving and best practices.

We are encouraging family law attorneys interested in joining the community of practice to attend the New Orleans OVW grantee conference, which will provide an opportunity to meet the faculty and other potential COP members face to face. The conference will provide opportunities to build relationships that will strengthen your skills. We hope you will join us at the conference and that y

If you are interested in receiving information or have questions about the COP or the conference, please contact NIWAP Associate Director Rocio Molina at or 240-480-6378.


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