Join us for a webinar specifically geared toward attorneys and advocates who are interested in learning the fundamentals of U visas and U nonimmigrant status. We will provide an overview of the U nonimmigrant visa eligibility requirements and application process. This will include: strategies for getting law enforcement agencies to sign the certification of helpfulness, how to thoroughly document a case, and how to overcome inadmissibility issues with a winning waiver application.
Presenter: Sally Kinoshita, ILRC Deputy Director & Staff Attorney
Sally joined the ILRC as a Staff Attorney in 2001. In her capacity as Deputy Director, Sally helps lead a number of ILRC collaborative and capacity-building projects and oversees the organization’s marketing and communications development. Sally also brings to the ILRC her expertise on immigration relief for abused immigrant women and children as the author or co-author of a number of ILRC publications, including The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants; The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime; Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Courts; and Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth, and by serving as a trainer to judges, attorneys, BIA-accredited representatives, social workers, domestic violence service providers and others. Prior to joining the ILRC, Sally worked extensively with the Southeast Asian immigrant community as a Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus and as a founder of the Southeast Asian Task Force. She is conversant in Spanish.
Moderator: Alison Kamhi, ILRC Staff Attorney
Alison is a dedicated immigrant advocate who brings significant experience in immigration law to the ILRC. Prior to the ILRC, Alison worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic, where she supervised removal defense cases and immigrants' rights advocacy projects. Before Stanford, she represented abandoned and abused immigrant youth as a Skadden Fellow at Bay Area Legal Aid and at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York. While in law school, Alison worked at the UNHCR, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, and Greater Boston Legal Services Immigration Unit. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Julia Gibbons in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Alison enjoys playing the piano and traveling. Before law school, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the rise of neo-Nazism and anti-immigrant sentiment in former East Germany. She has also lived in Russia, France, Cambodia, and Madagascar. Alison received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Stanford University.