National Judicial Network Webinar – Effective Protection Orders for Immigrant Survivors (August 17, 2023)

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Webinar Description

With support from trained victim advocates and attorneys, immigrant survivors are willing and able to successfully seek and obtain civil protection orders from state courts. Well-drafted protection orders play a crucial role in helping deter ongoing violence and abuse suffered by immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, and human trafficking, including those still living with, working for, or in the process of leaving their abusers. All immigrants are eligible to receive civil protection orders and issuance has no effect on immigration status. Attorneys, advocates, judges, and other professionals working with immigrant victims need legally accurate information about the special issues that arise at the intersection of state civil protection order and federal immigration laws. Join Hon. Lora Livingston, Hon. RosemaryCollins (Ret.), and Leslye E. Orloff for a discussion on how to use catchall provisions in state laws to issue protection orders that more effectively protect immigrant victims and their children. This national webinar will also address custody awards, U Visa certification, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) findings, protection order enforcement, and best practices for drafting court orders in protection proceedings.


  • Hon. Lora Livingston (Ret.), Senior Judge, State of Texas, Austin, Texas 
  • Hon. Rosemary Collins (Ret.), Circuit CourtJudge, 17th District Circuit Court,Winnebago County
  • Leslye E. Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University WashingtonCollege of Law