U Visas: The Silver Lining for Crime Survivors - Recording (.MP3)

U Visas: The Silver Lining for Crime Survivors - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 3/21/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2017-03-21-DL

The U visa is a valuable tool that should be included in every immigration attorney’s toolbox, and attorneys should always explore the potential for U visa relief if no other relief is available. Panelists will review basic procedure and strategy, and discuss important recent issues arising in U visa applications.

Featured Topics

  • Filing Tips, Filing I-192 Waivers, and Responding to RFEs
  • Working with Certifying Agencies to Obtain U Visa Certification
  • New Crimes and Certifying Agencies, Including the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Exhaustion of U Visas and Delays in Adjudication
  • U Visa Application During Removal Proceedings and Applicants in ICE Detention
  • Other Hot Topics: Substantial Harm, Derivatives, U Adjustment and Continuous Physical Presence, and Expedite Requests

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Cecelia Friedman Levin (DL), AILA VAWA, Us, and Ts Committee Co-Chair, Suffield, MD
Cecelia Friedman Levin is senior policy counsel at ASISTA Immigration Assistance, where she focuses on policy, technical assistance, and trainings related to immigration remedies for survivors of violence, and currently serves as the co-chair of the AILA VAWA, Us, & Ts Committee. Before joining ASISTA in 2012, Cecelia worked as a supervising attorney at Women Empowered Against Violence in Washington, D.C. representing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in civil and immigration cases. Cecelia also acted as the domestic violence staff attorney at the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty where she worked on federal and local housing protections for survivors of domestic violence. She also has provided legal representation to low-income immigrants in a variety of defensive and affirmative immigration applications as a staff attorney at Ayuda in Washington, D.C.

Alyssa C. Reed, Commerce City, CO
Alyssa C. Reed completed her legal education at the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with high honors and an award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Reed has served as chair of AILA's VAWA, Us, & Ts Committee; she also has served on AILA's VSC Liaison Committee. Ms. Reed served as the AILA Colorado Chapter Chair for 2015-16. Ms. Reed is an author and frequent lecturer on immigration options for victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence. She has been named a "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Advocates and was named to the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2016. Ms. Reed is heavily committed to pro bono and community outreach. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

M. Audrey Carr, New York, NY
M. Audrey Carr is the director of immigration and special programs at Legal Services, NYC, where she supervises the organization's immigration and veterans practices. Ms. Carr formerly worked for the United Nations Development Fund for Women in New York and in Harare, Zimbabwe. She has extensive experience representing clients seeking asylum and with deportation, consular processing, federal court litigation and family-based immigration cases, including working with battered immigrants and crime victims. Ms. Carr is admitted to the New York State Bar and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. She is a member of AILA and the New York VAWA Working Group. She speaks fluent French and is extensively involved in advocacy on immigration, language access, and veterans' rights.

The speaker's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided in the written materials are based on the speaker's experiences and current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and the speaker's experiences may differ from your own.

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