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IFAP is hosting a interpreter training at the law school on January 21, at 5:30pm. Martha Cohen, Program Manager of the Interpreter Program at King County Superior Court will be presenting on best practices for legal interpreting. Anyone interested in volunteering should e-mail IFAP interpreter liason, Steven McKevett at email@example.com so we can make sure there are enough snacks for everyone.
Participation in IFAP is not required, but anyone interested in interpreting for our U-Visa clients should attend. IFAP interpreters provide essential interpretation and translation services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. By assisting with the completion of U-Visa applications, IFAP interpreters help clients obtain work authorization and legal status in the United States.
Interpreters work closely with a team of law students, a supervising attorney and a U-Visa applicant. In addition to interpreting for client meetings and phone calls, interpreters also translate birth certificates and other documents.
Each case requires approximately 10 hours of interpreting and translating over the course of Winter and Spring Quarters. Interpreters must commit to at least one case and be available to interpret through the end of the school year.
Co-Presidents: Mariah Ferraz & James Prescott
Case Managers: Lindsay Donahue, Katy Reed, & Marina Busse
Events Coordinators: Francisco Carriedo & Kyle Schroeder
Interpreter Liaisons: Steven McKevett & Olga Barajas & Christina Weidner
Outreach Coordinators: Katie Guldhammer & Amela Zukic
Database Managers: Daniel O’Brien & Michael Moreno
1L Administrator: Michelle Hur
Treasurer: Michelle Su
IFAP Anniversary Event Coordinator: An Nguyen
Advisory Council Liaison: Zachary Parsons
You can reach our Co-Presidents at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our case managers at ifapCM@uw.edu
Our interpreter liaisons at email@example.com
And if you have a general inquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you an UW Law student interest in committing to an IFAP case for this year? Please see the following application. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
IFAP is looking for new 1L board members from the UW Law’s student body! Please see the attached position descriptions and applications. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The CLE, Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, is part of the pro bono project the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), a partnership of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the UW Law School. Each year, IFAP trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys to provide legal aid to immigrant victims of domestic violence who self-petition for a U-Visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Students receive extensive training, enabling them to do the bulk of the work on a U-Visa petition. We currently have over 50 U-Visa applicants awaiting student-attorney teams for 2015-2016.
First time IFAP attorney volunteers must attend the CLE, which covers the basics of immigration law, U-Visa petitions and adjustment status, confidentiality and ethics, working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and supervising law students. This year’s CLE takes place Friday, October 30, 2015 from 10 am – 4:30 pm at Perkins Coie. Attorneys who agree to accept one IFAP case may attend the CLE for only $35. Attendees will received 4.25 CLE credits, including .75 ethics credits.
We have a wait list of over 50 hopeful U-Visa applicants, as well as dozens of dedicated and enthusiastic law students awaiting case assignments. We are always in need of great volunteers and would love to have your help. Please contact our team at email@example.com, if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer
IFAP IS HIRING FOR A SUMMER/FALL QUARTER WORK STUDY POSITION
The IFAP Fellow will have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain valuable project management experience while putting on IFAP’s annual CLE training attorney volunteers.
The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2015 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.
Please take a look at the job description, eligibility requirements, and application at: https://uwifap.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/bruce-aphrodite-garrison-summerfall-fellow-application/. Any questions can be directed to Zachary Parsons, firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the deadline to apply is Thursday, April 30 @ 7:00pm.
IFAP STEERING COMMITTEE BOARD APPLICATIONS
It’s time to elect our 2015/2016 IFAP Steering Committee! We will be electing members to serve in the following positions:
President/Co-President (at least one): recruit students and attorneys in the fall quarter; support the Steering Committee in their duties; coordinate with the IFAP faculty advisors; perform all other duties necessary to keep IFAP functioning smoothly and financially stable. Experience with IFAP Steering Committee required.
Secretary/Treasurer: take minutes at Steering Committee meetings and distribute by electronic mail. Prepare an annual budget; provide financial data to the Advisory Council; reimburse expenditures.
Advisory Council: organize and attend Advisory Council meetings; create an agenda for the meeting and facilitate discussion of these items; ensure follow-up on items discussed; in conjunction with the IFAP co-presidents determine the composition and annual purpose of the Advisory Council; update Advisory Council members on IFAP activities.
Co-Case Manager: one case manager shall be selected each year from the rising 2L class and will serve a 2-year term. Duties of the co-case managers shall include organizing and facilitating fall training sessions; preparing and distributing training manual; working with NWIRP to match students and pro bono attorneys with clients; conducting case management.
Event Coordinator: organizes IFAP events (including Social Justice Tuesday, other thank-you event for IFAP alumni, and other events at the discretion of the coordinator and committee), applies for funding from the various University sources to cover costs, makes all the necessary contacts and preparations for the event, including: finding speakers, scheduling venues, coordinating food/catering, etc.
Database and Strategic Chair: Manages all information, tracking and reporting via IFAP database. Updates client, volunteer attorney, volunteer student, and IFAP alumni information in database. Train other IFAP SC members on database use and coordinate/delegate database entry projects, as necessary. Works closely with Co-Presidents and Case Managers to obtain and track appropriate information. Work with Law School tech personnel to handle any repairs or upgrades. Prepare annual Strategic Report to compile data that has to do with institutional memory.
Outreach Coordinator: Posts updates to the IFAP blog, especially after Advisory Board meetings, student trainings/case assignments, and annual fundraising event. Emails IFAP donors and listserv members with highlights and links to the full blog and website; works closely with the Events Coordinator to coordinate publicity.
Co-Interpreter Liaison (2): Assists with recruitment of interpreters and helps teams that need assistance procuring an interpreter. Helps continue this relatively new program with UW Spanish Department to provide interpreter services to IFAP student teams.
Duties for ALL SC Members: attend monthly SC meetings; help out with IFAP events as needed (SJT’s, fundraising events, etc.); meet with the Presidents when requested.
If you are interested in joining the IFAP Steering Committee for 2015-2016, please e-mail a one-page application to Zachary Parsons (email@example.com) with “IFAP Steering Committee Application” in the subject line.
The application should cover the following six items:
1) Name, Phone number, UW E-mail address, location over summer
2) The position(s) to which you are applying
3) The reasons you would like to serve in that position
4) Any other positions that you would consider
5) The skills/experiences that will assist you in that position (please include your previous involvement with IFAP)
6) Any other information that you would like to share
The deadline for complete applications is Thursday April 30, 2015 at 7pm. Please email Zachary Parsons (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions!