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