November 8, 2023 Annapolis, Maryland “Strengthening Community and Organizational Responses: Obtaining U and T Visa Certification for Immigrant Victims of Crime and Trafficking”

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This webinar is designed to enhance participants’ understanding of legal rights, victim service options, and best practices for working with immigrant survivors. It will include a particular focus on the U and T visa programs, Maryland’s certification laws, and the role of advocates and attorneys helping survivors obtain U and T visa certifications. The webinar will highlight best practices for building relationships with law enforcement, courts, and prosecutors that improve victim’s ability to obtain U and T visa certifications and improve access justice and immigration relief for survivors and their children.


Leslye Orloff, Director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University Washington College of Law

Deepa Bijpuria, Managing Immigration Attorney, Ayuda

Giovanni Veliz, Retired Minneapolis Police Department Commander and Certifier