October 28, 2010: Indianapolis, IN “Culture and Compassion Conference”

“Public Benefits and Issues of Language Access” and “Using the Law to Empower Victims,” presented by Leslye Orloff, Michelle Gutierrez, and Katy Berringer.  The conference covered an overview of VAWA, T and U visa immigration options for immigrant victims of domestic vioelnce and sexual assault. Discussion of DHS policies on humanitarian release from detention and 8.20.10 policy not detain and dismiss immigration cases against immigrants with valid cases filed for immigration relief including VAWA, T and U visa applicants. As well as, covering access to federal and state funded assistance and services to immigrant victims without regard to immigration status, state and federal public benefits open to qualified immigrants and legal requirements of U.S. language access laws.