September 6, 2023 – Honolulu, Hawaii – When Federal Immigration Laws and State Family Laws Intersect: What State Family Court Judges Need to Know

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This is a comprehensive training program for judges serving in Hawaii to gain a better understanding about the intersection of federal immigration laws and state family laws. The goals of the training are to know how accurate immigration law information results in just and fair outcomes in family court cases, recognize facts that indicate a party qualifies for crime victim related forms of legal immigration status, and be able to sign U and T visa certifications with a greater understanding of the role that Congress created for judges. The training also allows judges the ability to make appropriate findings in state court cases that immigrant children filing for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status must obtain from a state court and to know how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality laws impact discovery.

Topics Covered

  • Demographics of Hawaii
  • Immigration Relief
  • Courts’ role in certification of U/T Visas
  • Courts’ role issuing judicial determinations in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases
  • Issues that arise for immigrant survivors in Protection Orders, Custody, and Divorce
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Confidentiality
  • Public Benefits for Immigrant Victims in Hawaii
  • Judicial Leadership


Judge Rosemary Collins (Ret.), Presiding Judge Family Court, Rockford, Illinois

Leslye E. Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director of NIWAP, American University Washington College of Law