U Visa Advanced Training

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST
Registration Deadline: 
UC Hastings College of Law
6.5 CA
If you are an employee of a non-profit or IOLTA organization, register to qualify for a discount.

Sponsored by: Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), ASISTA, Bay Area VAWA/U Network, CLINIC, Los Angeles VAWA Network, the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Victims of Crime & AILA Northern California Chapter

This session will go into greater detail on advanced and emerging issues related to U nonimmigrants, including those with complicated nonimmigrant or adjustment issues, those who are in proceedings and those who must travel. This training will be taught at an advanced level, assuming prior knowledge of the requirements for U nonimmigrant status and adjustment of status and is intended for those who already have experience working on U visa cases.

Registration begins at 8:30 am; session will begin at 9:00 am.

Location: UC Hastings College of Law, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


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.

Cecelia Friedman Levin, Staff Attorney – Asista
Prior to joining ASISTA as a staff attorney in June 2012, Cecelia Friedman Levin worked as a supervising attorney at Women Empowered Against Violence in Washington, DC and as the domestic violence staff attorney at the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty.  She has also been an immigration staff attorney at Ayuda, providing direct legal representation to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC area.  Prior to law school, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Santiago, Chile assessing community responses to domestic violence.  Cecelia received her B.A. in International Studies and Women & Gender studies from American University and her J.D. from American University-Washington College of Law.

Cynthia Lucas

Eunice Hyunhye Cho, Staff Attorney – National Employment Law Project (NELP), Immigrant Worker Justice Project
Eunice Hyunhye Cho is a Staff Attorney with National Employment Law Project (NELP), which she joined as a Skadden Fellow in 2011. She works with NELP’s Immigrant Worker Justice Project to support and expand the rights of low-wage immigrant workers and is the author of “U Visa Protections for Immigrant Victims of Workplace Crimes” in Clearinghouse Review. She previously worked as a law clerk for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and, prior to law school, was the Education Director at the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Gina Amato Lough, Senior Staff Attorney – Public Counsel Immigrants’ Rights Project  
Gina is a Senior Staff Attorney in Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and sits on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).  She provides legal representation to immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other serious crimes.  Prior to joining Public Counsel, Ms. Amato Lough defended low-income tenants in their eviction actions and represented plaintiffs in sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and discrimination lawsuits.  Ms. Amato Lough received her Juris Doctor and Masters Degree in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley in 2001.     

Maria Baldini-Potermin, Founder – Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, P.C.
Maria Baldini-Potermin has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois since 2004. In addition to being a frequent lecturer on deportation/removal defense, she has written extensively on the area of immigration law and crimes.  Her writings include manuals on the effects of criminal convictions for noncitizens in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and articles for the Indiana Defender, as the author of Defending Non-Citizens in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin (2009), the definitive work on immigration law and crimes within the jurisdiction of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Immigration Trial Handbook (Thomson West), and of a chapter in A Judges Guide to Immigration Law in Criminal Proceedings (American Bar Association, 2004), and as the update editor for Immigration Law & Crimes, by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on the local and national levels, and she has served on several committees.  In July 2010, Maria was the recipient of AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law.  

Monica Kane, Staff Attorney – Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
At NLSLA, Monica provides free legal assistance and representation in immigration matters to low-income clients, many of whom are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Monica was previously with NLSLA from 2002 to 2005. Before rejoining NLSLA in 2009, she worked with asylees and refugees at Jewish Family and Children's Services in San Francisco and practiced employment-based immigration law with Haight Law Group, PLC, in Los Angeles. Monica holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Nancy J. Reyes-Rubi, Senior Staff Attorney – Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
As a senior staff attorney at LAFLA for the last 11+ years, Nancy has assisted hundreds of domestic violence victims achieve safety through VAWA, U visas, T visas and other available remedies. She provides technical assistance to other agencies across the state.  LAFLA’s Immigration and Asian Pacific Islander Units have collaborated to engage in cutting–edge legal work in various areas that assist survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.  Some of this work has included targeted outreach and services to victims of human trafficking (such as forced prostitution) and assertion of asylum claims based on gender-based persecution (such as rape and domestic violence).  She is also very involved with local immigration networks (VAWA and Trafficking) that focus on making changes at the local level to help improve procedures for immigration clients, as well as on a national level.  Nancy has provided several U visa & VAWA trainings to community-based organizations, government agencies, universities and large private law firms interested in pro-bono VAWA cases.  She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar’s Immigration Section.

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.

Sonia Parras Konrad, Co‐Executive Director – ASISTA Immigrant Assistance
Sonia Parras Konrad is Co‐Executive Director of ASISTA Immigrant Assistance for immigrant survivors, a nationwide program that provides immigration technical assistance to front line advocates and attorneys, and she is also in private practice at the Law Offices of Sonia Parras PLLC. She is a national and international speaker on women’s rights working in Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica and all over the USA. Sonia is the author of Rompiendo el Silencio (Breaking the Silence), a manual for Latino community activists organizing against domestic violence and sexual assault, published by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and Defensa y Promoción de la Mujer Latina (Defense and Promotion of the Latina Woman) published by National Latino Alliance. Sonia is the recipient of the 2009 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award, a member of AILA, the Iowa Bar Association, the chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, a Board Member of the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, an advisory board member of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is licensed to practice law in Spain, Iowa and in Federal Court.

Susan Bowyer, Deputy Director – Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) 
Susan is the author of a number of publications on immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence, including those published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).  She is a frequent trainer on immigration through the VAWA and U Visa and has presented at the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, California and Central Florida Chapters, the Alameda County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Annual Conference, on regional and national webinars, and before the California State Senate and Assembly Human Service Committees.  Susan is a 1992 graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was a Public Service Law Fellow.