This webinar will cover the latest developments for representing clients in VAWA self-petitioning, VAWA adjustment of status, or VAWA cancellation cases, as well as motions to reopen based on VAWA-eligibility and strategies for prosecutorial discretion in removal proceedings.
Evangeline Abriel, Director, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Program and Associate Clinical Professor – Santa Clara University School of Law
Evangeline Abriel joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003. She speaks and writes regularly on immigration law matters, particularly on immigration relief for victims of abuse and crime and is the co-author of The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants. Prior to joining the Santa Clara law faculty, Professor Abriel taught at Notre Dame University School of Law, served as a consultant to the Murdoch University Law School Clinic, was a senior attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) in San Francisco, and served as a clinical professor of law at Loyola University New Orleans where she practiced law with her students in the areas of immigration, juvenile, domestic, and federal civil rights law; directed the Street Law program; and directed the Mobile Immigration Law Clinic.
Catherine Seitz, Regional Immigration Coordinator – Bay Area Legal Aid
Catherine has been working in the field of immigration law since 1990, starting out as legal assistant and then a BIA Accredited Representative before her admission to the bar in December of 2001. Before joining Bay Area Legal Aid as Regional Immigration Coordinator in July of 2009, she worked at Canal Alliance, the International Institute of the East Bay, and the private immigration law firm of Simmons & Ungar.
Sally Kinoshita, Deputy Director – Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
Sally joined the ILRC as a Staff Attorney in 2001. She 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, accredited representatives, social workers, domestic violence service providers and others.