Join the authors of ILRC’s U Visa Manual for a 90-minute webinar with the latest practice tips and process updates on assisting clients with U nonimmigrant status, U adjustment and U visa travel cases.
Sally Kinoshita, ILRC Deputy Director
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.
Jessica Farb, Directing Attorney – Immigration Center for Women and Children
Jessica Farb is the Directing Attorney in the ICWC San Francisco Office. Jess received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. She 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, she worked for the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and helped represent immigrant clients at Ayuda, Inc. and Holland & Knight’s Community Services Team. Jess also authored an article on the U visa with the Human Rights Brief. She returned to California in 2008 to coordinate the immigrant crime victim program at the International Institute of the Bay Area’s Oakland office, joining ICWC in 2011. Jess maintains a diverse caseload of U visa and VAWA clients, provides regional and national trainings on the U visa, and regularly appears on the Spanish language news channel, KDTV Univision 14. Jessica created and administrates ICWC’s national web-based information sharing for U Nonimmigrant Status practitioners, the U Travel and Certifier Database.
Catherine Seitz, Legal Director – Legal Services for Children
Catherine Seitz joined the LSC team as Legal Director in July of 2015. She 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 bar in December of 2001. Before joining Legal Services for Children, she worked at Bay Area Legal Aid, Canal Alliance, the International Institute of the East Bay, and Simmons & Ungar. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is co-author of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s U Visa Manual and is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors with her border collie, Axel.
Susan Bowyer, Deputy Director - Immigration Center for Women and Children
Susan is a national expert in U Nonimmigrant Status and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She 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, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal. 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. 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.