Allison Davenport joined the ILRC in 2015 as a staff attorney based in California’s Central Valley, where she was born and raised. Prior to joining the ILRC, she was a clinical instructor with the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. At the clinic she directed the establishment of the Legal Support Program for undocumented students, the documentation of human rights abuses against LGBTI individuals in El Salvador, and the promotion of equal access to clean water in California. Allison practiced immigration law, first in private practice and then as founder of the immigration legal services program at Centro Legal de la Raza. Allison also formerly worked as a staff attorney with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a JD and an MA in Latin American Studies. Allison speaks Spanish.
Thousands of people are victims of human trafficking in the United States each year. Immigrant victims who assist in the investigation or prosecution of their traffickers, may be eligible for a T nonimmigrant visa as well as the ability to apply for permanent residence after three years. Nevertheless, hundreds of T visas go unclaimed each year. Given the current backlog for U visas, identifying T visa eligible applicants is more critical than ever.
Join us for this webinar to learn how to spot and screen for trafficking cases, the eligibility requirements for a T visa and an overview of the T visa application process.
Sally Kinoshita is the ILRC’s Deputy Director based in San Francisco. She has worked at the ILRC since 2001 and currently manages a number of ILRC’s programs, oversees the ILRC’s marketing and grants work, and leads collaboratives of legal services providers, community based organizations and other sectors. She 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 and is conversant in Spanish.
Cindy Liou, Deputy Director of Legal Services
Prior to joining KIND, Cindy consulted in human trafficking and domestic violence lethality issues, and was the Director of the Human Trafficking Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach from 2009-2014, where she practiced law and provided trainings in the areas of victims’ rights, human trafficking, domestic violence, immigration law, and family law. Cindy has also written articles and manuals, and co-counseled several civil litigation cases on behalf of human trafficking survivors, and was previously a Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of the Freedom Network to Empower Trafficked and Enslaved Persons (USA). She is the winner of the 2013 San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Modern Day Abolitionist Award for Policy and Advocacy. A former associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Cindy is also a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Washington, where she earned her double degree in Political Science and Business Administration and a minor in Human Rights.