National Judicial Network Peer-to-Peer Forum (June 1, 2021) Immigration Options for Survivors & Court’s Role

At the peer-to-peer session on June 1st, 2021, presenters Judge Julie Breslow, Judge Mary Grace Rook, and Adjunct Professor Leslye E. Orloff discussed the various immigration options available to immigrant victims using a hypothetical provided to members before the session. They discussed Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), the T-Visa, the U-Visa, and VAWA Self Petition in depth, using the Clara and Eduardo hypothetical as a guide to reveal which circumstances make immigrant adults and children eligible for each of these protections. They also presented on the specific role that Congress created for state courts to play with regard to these protections for immigrant victims of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect, human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. On this webpage you will find a pdf of the PowerPoint slides, the Clara and Eduardo hypothetical, and a list of resources for courts including those shared throughout the presentation regarding these various relief options. 

PowerPoint Presentation: https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/wp-content/uploads/NJN-Peer-to-Peer-Forum-06.01.21.pdf
Clara & Eduardo Hypothetical: https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/hypothetical
Highlighted Resources
Webinars for Judges or Helpful to Judges
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
U and T Visa Certification by Judges
VAWA Confidentiality, Discovery and Courthouse Enforcement
Forms of Immigration Relief
U and T Visa Certification
Forms and Instructions
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Child Abuse & Protective Battered Immigrant Parents
Full Training Manual
SIJS Bench Book Table of Contents
SIJS Training Materials
VAWA Self-Petition

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