Cutting-Edge and Complex U Visa Issues

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST
Registration Deadline: 
1.5 CA
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Join the authors of The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime in this 90-minute webinar on the current-cutting edge and complex issues that arise in U visa cases.


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.

Co-Presenters: Susan Bowyer, Directing Attorney - Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC)

In addition to collaborating with the ILRC on several publications, Susan Bowyer is the author of articles on immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence of published by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.  She is a frequent trainer on the Violence Against Women Act and U Nonimmigrant Status and has presented at the AILA National Conference, California and Central Florida Chapters, the Alameda County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Annual Conference, on regional and national webinars, and before several California State Senate and Assembly Committees.  Susan is a 1992 graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was a Public Service Law Fellow.  She was the Managing Attorney of the International Institute of the Bay Area’s Oakland office from 2003 to 2010.  She has also worked as a staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Acting Director of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment.

Jessica Farb, Directing Attorney - Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC), and

Jessica Farb began working with immigrant crime victims in 2003 as an AmeriCorps VISTA legal assistant at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego.  Then, while pursuing her law degree in Washington DC, Jess helped represent immigrant clients with Holland & Knight’s Community Services Team and Ayuda Inc.  Before providing services at ICWC’s San Francisco office, Jess coordinated the immigrant crime victim program at the International Institute of the Bay Area in Oakland.  She regularly does U visa outreach, including regular appearances on the local Univision network.  Find out how to join the ICWC U Travel & Certifier Database that Jess manages on ICWC’s website here:

Catherine Seitz, Regional Immigration Coordinator - Bay Area Legal Aid

Catherine Seitz is the Regional Immigration Coordinator for Bay Area Legal Aid and a frequent trainer with ILRC on immigration relief for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  She is the current Vice Chair for the Northern California chapter of AILA.  Catherine has a J.D. from U.C. Hastings and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley.  She has been working in the field of immigration law since 1990 starting out as a legal assistant and then a BIA Accredited Representative before her admission to the California Bar in December of 2001.  Before joining Bay Area Legal Aid 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.  She is bilingual in Spanish and English.