What U Practitioners Should Know in 2022: Monitoring Developments in U Visa Practice

What U Practitioners Should Know in 2022: Monitoring Developments in U Visa Practice

What U Practitioners Should Know in 2022: Monitoring Developments in U Visa Practice - Recording (CLE Included)
Special Member Price for Live Event: $59


Live Event Date: 03/29/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The U visa petition process has been the subject of extensive problems, marred by its delayed implementation and limited quotas. Given that this form of relief has been around for just over a decade, the legal landscape and policies surrounding it continue to develop. The expert faculty on this intermediate-to-advanced panel will explore the ongoing impact of recent case law and policy shifts, especially as it pertains to U visa clients in proceedings and enforcement priorities. They also will advise on best practices for navigating the unique issues presented in U visa practice.

Featured Topics:

  • Bona Fide Determination Process, Processing Times, and Waitlist
  • Accessing Employment Authorization Documents and Advance Parole
  • Adding After-Acquired Derivatives: Medina Tovar v. Zuchowski Implementation
  • Prosecutorial Discretion and August 2021 ICE Memorandum for Victims of Crimes
  • Best Practices for Drafting Contracts and Managing Client Expectations
  • U Status as an Admission for Adjustment of Status

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Cynthia Lucas (DL), AILA VAWA, Us, and Ts Committee, Los Angeles, CA

Cynthia Lucas is a founding Partner at Lucas & Barba LLP in Los Angeles, handling a range of removal defense, special immigrant & family-based immigration law matters, including U visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions, consular processing and waivers. Ms. Lucas a graduate of the University of San Francisco & the University of California Berkeley. Her past experience includes extensive public interest work as a nonprofit attorney, including work for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and, as an Associate Attorney at a prominent private firm, handling family-based & employment-based immigration matters. In addition to her legal practice, she has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy where she has taught Immigration Policy. She is recognized as a Top Woman Lawyer by the Southern California Super Lawyers publication in the field of immigration law, is a 2014 recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Advocacy Award.

Alison Kamhi, San Francisco, CA

Alison Kamhi is a Supervising Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She leads the ILRC’s Immigrant Survivors Team and provides trainings, technical assistance, resources, and advocacy support on survivor issues, along with other forms of immigration relief. Alison has co-authored a number of publications, including the ILRC’s U visa manual. Alison received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Leta Sanchez, Bellingham, WA

Leta Sanchez has practiced exclusively immigration law for over a decade. She represents individuals seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), asylum, waivers of inadmissibility, litigation before the immigration courts as well as appellate work before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Sanchez is passionate about advocating for immigrants and enjoys serving people from diverse backgrounds. She dedicates a significant portion of her practice to assisting survivors of gender-based violence to obtain protection under U.S. immigration law. Ms. Sanchez is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a regular participant in outreach in the Skagit Valley. She is committed to promoting access to justice for marginalized members of her community and regularly provides pro bono assistance. Ms. Sanchez enjoys finding ways to support immigrants outside of her legal work and is the Executive Director of a local non-profit, IRIS, dedicated to meeting the basic human needs of immigrant families.

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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