Multimedia Center

Welcome to the ILRC Multimedia Center, where you will find podcasts and videos on various areas of immigration law, partner projects, and events.

The legal battle for marriage equality has provided a context for LGBT immigrants and their US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident partners to demand justice in the area of family-based immigration. While the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and its application in immigration law are litigated in court, it is important for attorneys and their clients to make informed decisions in light of the limited options available to LGBT couples.

In addition to facing the difficulties that arise from language barriers and cultural differences, LGBT immigrants may also be called to explore and to share deeply personal and private experiences involving the process of self-identifying as LGBT or coming-out to one’s family and community.  These processes may be on-going for some, or may have involved the very persecution that led others to immigrate or to seek a particular immigration benefit.  Therefore, it is important for practitioners to feel comfortable discussing these matters with their clients, preparing them to share their experiences and feelings with government officials through written declarations and personal testimony.

Understanding the challenges faced by LGBT individuals who seek lawful immigration status can be the key to identifying viable immigration options for those clients.  This is also important in order to prepare a winning immigration case, not only relying on successful legal arguments but also working as a team with a client who trusts you understand them.  This webinar will explore how these challenges are relevant in the context of applications for humanitarian immigration benefits, focusing on Asylum and U visas, but also mentioning T visas, VAWA’s and SIJS.

Video provides an overview of "Ten Year benefit" scam and includes dramatized illustrations ("mock situations") that demonstrate the problems victims face as they navigate the immigration system.