State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children

Friday, January 31, 2014
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Room 503

As the numbers of linguistic and cultural diverse foreign-born individuals living in the U.S. has increased, state courts are being called upon to serve greater numbers of families that include immigrant family members. Family courts are seeing growing numbers of immigrants seeking civil protection orders, custody, child support, divorce, U visa certification, and judgments in a range of proceedings particularly those involving children. To issue rulings that promote justice and fairness in cases involving immigrants, courts need access to legally correct information about immigration laws and Department of Homeland Security policies. This training will provide judges, court staff, attorneys and service providers with tools, bench cards, and materials containing up-to-date, legally correct information on current DHS policies, immigration enforcement priorities, and immigration relief that provide protection from deportation, legal immigration status and work authorization for immigrant children and immigrant for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes. The special role Congress created for judges in issuing U visa certifications and public benefits open to immigrants will also be discussed. Materials related to this training can be found at:

This training was developed under grant number SJI-12-E-169 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.

Presented by the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)


WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – No Charge
General Public - No Charge
(registration is required)

For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or


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