November 3, 2014: “And Legal Services for All: New 2014 Legal Services Corporation Regulations Implementing VAWA 2005’s Immigrant Crime Survivors’ Access to Legal Services ” (Webinar)

This webinar will review the expansions in access to legal services by immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, and other U visa crimes, regardless of immigration status, made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) that Legal Services Corporation (LSC) implemented in its new LSC 2014 regulations. These regulations govern how immigrant crime victims can access assistance from legal aid and legal services organizations that receive LSC funding. VAWA 2005 ended restrictions and significantly expanded access to LSC funded agencies creating direct access to legal representation without regard to immigration status for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, dating violence, child and elder abuse and other U visa covered criminal activities. This webinar will discuss: how immigrant survivors can receive legal services under anti-abuse statutes; the legal assistance related to the abuse that can be offered; at what point in the process immigrants can receive full representation under immigrant regulations; and how immigrant survivors’ benefit from successful collaborations between LSC funded programs and immigrant survivor advocates and attorneys.