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Represent Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigrant survivors of domestic abuse may file a Self-Petition to obtain an immigration status in the U.S. Under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (VTVPA). U.S. immigration law also offers protection called a U Visa to non-citizen victims of certain serious crimes who have gathered the courage to come forward, report the crime, and assist in its investigation or prosecution. In both VAWA Self-Petitions and U Visa applications, volunteer attorneys prepare relevant applications for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other serious crimes. Volunteer attorneys meet with the client on several occasions and prepare the relevant documentation. VAWA and U Visa cases generally do not require litigation and may sometimes have filing deadlines.

National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers including unaccompanied immigrant children and survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes. NIJC provides direct legal services as well as policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

Type of engagement

Transactional

Time commitment

Approximately 20–30 hours of casework over 3–4 months

Training and support

Pro bono attorneys attend an in-person, 90-minute training before taking a case. Additional training materials are available online.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, writing/drafting, advocacy

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Chicago, IL

Represent Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigrant survivors of domestic abuse may file a Self-Petition to obtain an immigration status in the U.S. Under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (VTVPA). U.S. immigration law also offers protection called a U Visa to non-citizen victims of certain serious crimes who have gathered the courage to come forward, report the crime, and assist in its investigation or prosecution. In both VAWA Self-Petitions and U Visa applications, volunteer attorneys prepare relevant applications for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other serious crimes. Volunteer attorneys meet with the client on several occasions and prepare the relevant documentation. VAWA and U Visa cases generally do not require litigation and may sometimes have filing deadlines.

National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers including unaccompanied immigrant children and survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes. NIJC provides direct legal services as well as policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

Type of engagement

Transactional

Time commitment

Approximately 20–30 hours of casework over 3–4 months

Training and support

Pro bono attorneys attend an in-person, 90-minute training before taking a case. Additional training materials are available online.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, writing/drafting, advocacy

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Chicago, IL