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Pro Bono Library Items Archive

Pro Bono Library Tag: VAWA
  • A Guide to Adapting Trauma-Informed Lawyering Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    This guide provides practical tips and strategies for attorneys to implement trauma-informed principles while balancing public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, including adaptations for virtual meetings and interviews with clients.

  • February 2020 Pro Bono Webinar: Consular Processing 101, Plus Late-Breaking Updates

    Tahirih’s Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps and Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone for a review of late breaking updates on immigration law and policy. Then, at the 32:03 mark, Tahirih Houston Supervising Attorney Samantha Del Bosque delves into the best practices and strategies for consular processing of U and T derivatives.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • January 2020 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: Fee Waiver Strategies, Plus Late-Breaking Updates

    Tahirih’s Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps and Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone for a review of late breaking updates on immigration law and policy. Then, at the 29:04 mark, Tahirih Houston Immigration Staff Attorney Libby Hasse delves into best practices, strategies, and practice pointers for successful USCIS fee waiver requests.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

     

     

  • Sample Client Affidavit and Letter of Need

    Included is a sample client affidavit and letter of need. These documents were prepared for a fee waiver request.

  • December 2019 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: Immigration Court 101, Plus Late-Breaking Updates

    Tahirih Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone and Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps review litigation and case law updates related to the treatment of Matter of A-B-, Convention Against Torture eligibility, adverse credibility determination case law, MPP (“Remain in Mexico”) and expedited credible fear process updates along the border, and more.  At the 22:228 mark, Greater DC Managing Attorney Adilene Nuñez Huang walks through critical information you need to know before representing your pro bono client in immigration court.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • November 2019 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: VAWA Nuts and Bolts, plus Late Breaking Updates

    • Publication Date: November 25, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars
    • Pro Bono Library Tags: Asylum, VAWA

    Tahirih Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone and Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps review litigation updates, proposed rules related to USCIS fees, fee waivers, and asylum applicant work authorization applications, and an interim final rule implementing “safe third country” agreements for asylum seekers. At the 36:36 mark, Kursten Phelps reviews practical, introductory information on the nuts and bolts of filing a VAWA self-petition for immigrant survivors who are abused by their U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouses.

    Update: After this webinar was recorded, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in Seattle v. DHS enjoined DHS from requiring use of the 10/24/19 edition of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. That edition has been removed from the USCIS forms website.  USCIS has reverted to requiring the 03/13/18 edition of Form I-912 until further notice.  USCIS will also accept prior editions or a written request.   Please consult with your Tahirih mentor attorney for advice on which version of the I-912 form you should use in your case.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Sample VAWA (I-1360) Self-Petition Declaration

    This is a sample VAWA (I-1360) self-petition declaration.