This webinar is ideal for those new to working with victims of crimes in immigration law. We will provide information on various options for immigration relief available for victims of crimes, offer tips on how to screen clients for different forms of relief, and review risks and benefits to consider when pursuing these various options.
Veronica Garcia, San Joaquin Valley Law Fellow - Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Veronica joined the ILRC in December 2017 as a San Joaquin Valley Law Fellow. Prior to joining ILRC, Veronica completed an Equal Justice Works Fellowship at Centro Legal de La Raza as an DACA/DAPA Emerson Fellow. Veronica is a graduate of Howard University School of Law. During Law school, Veronica interned at various immigrant right organizations, including Kids in Need of Defense and New York Legal Aid. Additionally, Veronica was recognized by the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington D.C. (HBA-DC) for her commitment to the advancement of the Hispanic community by being awarded the inaugural HBA-DC Foundation Scholarship.
As an immigrant who grew up in Oakland California, Veronica strives to use her legal education and experience working directly with immigrant communities.
Sarah Kate Heilbrun, Partner - HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP and Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law
Sarah Kate Heilbrun is a Partner at HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP and a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Sarah Kate practices exclusively immigration and nationality law, with a particular emphasis on removal defense and family based cases. From 2004 to 2006, she held the position of Deportation Defense Fellow at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, in San Francisco. Through that position Sarah Kate gained extensive experience in complex deportation defense and representation of individuals with criminal convictions. Following her fellowship, Sarah Kate was an associate attorney for three years with the Law Offices of Fellom & Solorio in San Francisco, where her practice continued to focus on deportation defense, as well as motions to reopen, appeals, and inadmissibility waivers. She has presented Continuing Legal Education webinars with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and seminars with the Alameda County Bar Association. Sarah Kate is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Sally Kinoshita, Deputy Director - Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Sally Kinoshita is the ILRC’s Deputy Director based in San Francisco. In this role, she weaves together more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in immigration law, capacity building, advocacy, program development, and collaborative facilitation. Sally has provided technical assistance, trainings, and facilitation to groups on local, state, and national levels and has co-authored a number of publications including The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime (ILRC), The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants (ILRC), Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Court Judges (ILRC), and Application of Protection Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse, Human Trafficking, and Crime under U.S. Law to Persons Physically Present in the U.S. Territories (Family Violence Prevention Fund).
Prior to working at the ILRC, Sally was a Staff Attorney at Asian Law Caucus and a consultant with ASISTA, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and Family Violence Prevention Fund/Futures Without Violence. During law school, she worked with the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, ACLU of Northern California, and California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.
Sally is currently a member of the Leadership Council of Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) and has served as a Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section Advisory Board Member and Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) Steering Committee Member.
Sally earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in sociology. She is admitted to the California bar.