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.
- PowerPoint Presentation for Training
- “And Legal Services for All” Article
- Guide: Access to Publicly Funded Legal Services for Immigrant Survivors
- LSC Program Letter 06-2: Violence Against Women Act 2006 Amendments
- LSC Program Letter 14-2: Alien Eligibility Under 45 C.F.R. Part 1626
- Final LSC Regulations and Preamble April 2014
- Legal Services Corporation Immigrant Representation Regulations 45 C.F.R. 1626, April 18, 2014