VAWA Self-Petition: Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Assault by Abusive Spouses and Parents

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April 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This webinar will provide attorneys, advocates, and courts with information on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petition.  The VAWA Self-Petition allows battered immigrants to confidentially file their own application for legal status without relying on abusive U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouses, parents, or adult children to apply on their behalf. Faculty will discuss the requirements, how to screen for VAWA Self-Petition eligibility, the importance of identifying VAWA self-petitioning eligible victims in family court, and best practices for evidence collection including developing a trauma-informed affidavit. The webinar will enhance advocates’ and attorneys’ ability to help abused immigrants file VAWA self-petitions while employing case strategies that improve victim safety and ensure that immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence perpetrated by family members, have full access to the immigration protections under VAWA.



Leslye Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University Washington College of Law
Rocio Molina, Deputy Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University Washington College of Law
Judge Rosemary Collins, (Retired), 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Winnebago County, Rockford, Illinois
Target Audience: This webinar is designed for attorneys, victim advocates, judges, and court staff working with immigrant crime victims of domestic and sexual violence interested in learning up-to-date information about the immigration protections Congress created to protect


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This project was supported by Grant No 2015-TA-AX-K043 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)
4300 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20016
(202) 274-4457