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U Visas in Removal Proceedings

December 5, 2019
Audio Seminar

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Presented 12/5/2019
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Audio Seminar
SKU AS2019-12-05

As the backlog for U visas has grown, practitioners must figure out how to navigate the lengthy waitlists while a client is in removal proceedings. With the attorney general limiting the authority of immigration judges to administratively close or terminate proceedings, this picture has grown even more complicated. Our panel of experts will share practical tips and best practices for navigating removal proceedings with a client who is eligible for U nonimmigrant status.

Featured Topics

  • Requesting Continuances, Termination, or Administrative Closure Based on Pending U Visa Petitions, Deferred Action, or Approval
  • Protecting Applicants and Holders of U Visa Status with Outstanding Orders of Removal: When and How to Seek a Prima Facie Determination, Stay of Removal, or Motion to Reopen
  • U Visa Options for Clients Who Have Been Removed: Consular Processing and Requests for Parole
  • Understanding How VAWA Confidentiality Provisions Apply to U Visa Applicants in Removal Proceedings

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Amy Cheung (DL), Suffield, CT

Amy Cheung is a Senior Legal Counsel at ASISTA, which she joined in 2018. At ASISTA, she provides training and technical assistance on matters concerning immigrant survivors of crime and domestic violence. Prior to ASISTA, she represented women and children in gender-based asylum, VAWA, and U/T visa matters at the Tahirih Justice Center, and she started her practice at the Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance in Houston, TX, where she represented unaccompanied children in detention and post-release. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown Law.

Laura Bachman, Phoenix, AZ

Laura Flores Bachman is Senior Legal Counsel with ASISTA where she provides technical legal assistance to attorneys nationwide on immigration issues faced by victims of violence and serious crimes. Laura has over twenty years immigration law experience having practiced in private, non-profit and academic organizations. While Laura’s experience includes all areas of immigration law, her primary focus area has been representing and advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes. She has been an active member of AILA since 1998, currently serving as AILA AZ Chapter Secretary and on the 2020 National Conference Planning Committee. Laura earner her law degree at Suffolk University School of Law in 1996. She is licensed in Massachusetts, Texas and Oklahoma and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Deifilia M. Diaz, Cincinnati, OH (D)

Deifilia M. Diaz was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She graduated with honors from the Department of Law Instituto Technológico of higher learning, the Monterrey Campus in the United States of Mexico. In 2006 she moved to Cincinnati with her family. In 2011 she graduated from the Northern Kentucky Chase College of Law. Deifilia therefore is licensed to practice law in both Kentucky and Mexico. Deifilia concentrates her practice in the area of Immigration Law and in particular Immigration Law for Victims, including but not limited to victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions. Deifilia lives in Mason, Ohio with her husband Erick and their dog Owen. They enjoy outdoor activities. She began her career with the Law Office of Louis Edward Valencia, II, LLC in August 2006 as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant, and the firm changed her life. It is difficult to find work in a different country at a place that can fill your heart with happiness, but Deifilia did. Once she completed her legal studies here in the U.S. and passed the bar, she joined the office as a Partner and the office was renamed The Law Offices of Valencia & Diaz, Ltd.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.
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The U Visas in Removal Proceedings audio seminar takes place Thursday, December 5, 2019, at the times noted below:

  • 2:00 pm–3:30 pm eastern time
  • 1:00 pm–2:30 pm central time
  • 12:00 pm–1:30 pm mountain time
  • 11:00 am–12:30 pm pacific time

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on December 4, 2019.

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