Join us to learn more about how to apply for DVP's U Visa Project for Spring 2018!
Every year the U-Visa Project (formerly the Battered Immigrant Women's Project) partners with the attorneys at Sanctuary for Families to help immigrant survivors of domestic abuse receive legal immigration status through U-Visa petitions. The project runs from January to the end of April and will consist of approximately five Friday training sessions.
Students work in pairs and are assigned a client to begin and end her application process. Responsibilities include conducting several interviews with the client to document her history of domestic violence in the United States, drafting affidavits in support of her application, and preparing the final application paperwork to submit to the USCIS. Throughout this process, the supervising attorney and current project co-chairs of the program are available to answer any questions that a participant might have with respect to his or her case.
The training provides students with vital information on how to work with domestic violence survivors, Family Court and Criminal Court processes relating to our immigration cases, and New York public assistance information. We are looking for students interested in domestic violence or immigration to participate in the project in the Spring Semester. This is also a great way to earn pro bono hours, required by Columbia and the New York State Bar! If you think you might be interested, please come to our information session on Tuesday, October 10 from 12:10 to 1:10 in JG 502, during which an attorney from Sanctuary will speak to you about the details of the project. Lunch will be served!