Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence CLE Program

 

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project

 

A partnership between the

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & the University of Washington School of Law

 

Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence:

U-Visa under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act

 

Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM  

Law Offices of Perkins Coie

1201 3rd Avenue #4900

Seattle, Washington 98101

Approved for ­­­4.25 CLE Credits including ­­­.75 Ethics Credits

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The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) in conjunction with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), and the University of Washington School of Law invite you to participate in a Continuing Legal Education program on providing advocacy to immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

 

 IFAP was founded in 1996 as a partnership between NWIRP and the University of Washington School of Law. The organization trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys and provides representation to immigrant survivors of crime and domestic violence who are eligible to obtain lawful immigration status in the U.S.  IFAP has enabled hundreds of immigrant survivors and their children to begin lives free of violence.  IFAP also provides law students with an opportunity to gain training and experience in immigration law, domestic violence advocacy, and client counseling.

 

Attorneys who commit to taking one IFAP case during the 2012-13 school year may attend the CLE for the cost of materials ($35). Volunteer attorneys will be matched with two law students and assigned a case by NWIRP.  Volunteer Attorneys will also receive support and guidance from NWIRP staff attorneys when necessary.

 

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AGENDA

 

  9:45 – 10:00

 

10:00 – 10:15

Registration

 

Introduction to the Immigrant Family Advocacy Project (IFAP) and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

 

  • Hollis-Anthony Ramsey and Maria Manza, IFAP Co-Presidents
  • Jordan Wasserman, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, NWIRP

 

10:15 – 10:50

 

Working with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

 

  • Amanda Irwin, VAWA Unit, NWIRP

 

10:50 – 11:30 

 

Basic Structure of the Immigration System

 

  • Mozhdeh Oskouian, Lead Attorney, VAWA Unit, NWIRP

 

11:30 - 11:40

 

Break

 

11:40 - 12:40 

 

Introduction to the U-Visa

 

  • Jenny Mashek, Staff Attorney, VAWA Unit, NWIRP

 

12:40 – 1:30 

 

Lunch (Provided by IFAP)

 

1:30 – 2:30   

 

Adjustment of Status after filing the U-Visa

  • Jenny Mashek, Staff Attorney, VAWA Unit, NWIRP 

 

2:30 – 2:40

 

Break 

 

2:40 – 3:30

 

 

3:30 – 4:30     

 

Confidentiality and Ethics

  • Neha Vyas, Attorney, Gibson, Houston & Pauw 

 

Supervising Students and Volunteering as an IFAP Pro Bono Attorney

 

  • Signe Dortch, Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law


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SPEAKER BIOS

 

Amanda Irwin is an accredited legal representative for NWIRP’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit, where she provides immigration legal services and representation to survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes. She also coordinates outreach and works closely with Domestic Violence advocates at different social service agencies across the State of Washington. Before joining NWIRP, Amanda was an accredited representative with the National Immigrant Justice Center, where she conducted legal presentations and consultations to detained immigrants in jails throughout the Midwest and represented detained individuals before the immigration court in Chicago, Illinois. Amanda completed her Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2006. Prior to pursing her Master’s degree, Amanda spent seven months working as an intern with the Public Hearings section of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Lima, Peru.

 

Mozhdeh Oskouian – Mozhdeh has practiced immigration law for the past four years, and in August 2006 became the supervising attorney of the VAWA Unit of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Mozhdeh mainly works with survivors of domestic violence and takes on cases of immigrants who have been victims of domestic violence at the hands of their spouses or intimate partners. Prior to joining NWIRP, she worked with the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child in Tehran, Iran, to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Iran ratified in 1994. Mozhdeh holds a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.  

 

Jenny Mashek is an attorney in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). In that capacity she represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Jenny received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of Iowa. She spent five years practicing law at Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan before joining NWIRP in May 2008. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

Neha Vyas - Neha Vyas has over nine years of experience in the area of immigration law.  Before joining Gibbs Houston Pauw as an associate, Neha served as the Legal Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining NWIRP, Neha was in solo practice in Tucson, Arizona, focusing on immigration cases. She began practicing immigration law as a staff attorney with the Tucson Ecumenical Council for Legal Assistance (TECLA), a project that, like NWIRP, had its origins assisting Salvadorans and Guatemalan refugees fleeing their countries' wars in the 1980's.  Neha has served as the secretary of the Board of the Asylum Program of Southern Arizona and formally served on the Board of Chaya.  Chaya is a community based nonprofit organization that serves South Asian women impacted by domestic violence.  In addition, in 2001, Neha received an Award for Outstanding Dedication to Battered Immigrant Women by the Southeastern Arizona Behavior Health Service.

 

Signe Dortch is a lecturer and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. She worked as a staff attorney at NWIRP from 1999 to 2002, representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence. From 2002 to 2007, she worked as an associate attorney at Gibbs Houston Pauw. There, she represented clients in removal cases before the Immigration Court and in appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 1998, she was named NWIRP's Student Volunteer of the Year. In 2004, Dortch, along with other members of the Laura Luis Hernandez defense team, was awarded the Daniel Levy Award by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. In 2005, she was an inaugural inductee into the UW Public Interest Law Association Hall of Fame. Dortch holds a B.A. from Willamette University and a J.D. from the University of Washington.

Date:
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Address:
Law Offices of Perkins Coie
1201 3rd Avenue #4900
Seattle, WA 98101

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