Join nationally-recognized and widely published U Visa experts as they discuss the latest practice tips and process updates on assisting U nonimmigrant-eligible clients with applications, removal issues, and travel/parole.
Maria Baldini-Potermin, Attorney and Founder – Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, P.C. Maria Baldini-Potermin has been recognized nationally as a leading immigration attorney, being awarded an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) President’s Commendation, the AILA Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law, the Chicago AILA Minsky Award, and other awards. Maria obtained her B.A. from the University of Dayton (Ohio) and her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. She has been involved in the field of immigration law since August 1990 and is the founder of her law firm in Chicago. Maria is the author of Immigration Trial Handbook, published annually, and the update editor of Immigration Law and Crimes, published twice a year. Both publications are published by Thomson Reuters. Maria regularly speaks at national, regional, and local continuing legal education seminars and trains public defenders and non-profit organizational staff.
Jessica Farb, Directing Attorney – Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) Jessica Farb is the Directing Attorney in the ICWC San Francisco Office and a co-author of the ILRC’s manual, The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime. 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 at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego; and later with Ayuda, Inc. and Holland & Knight’s Community Services Team in Washington, DC. She returned to California in 2008 to coordinate the immigrant crime victim program at the International Institute of the Bay Area’s Oakland office. Jess joined ICWC in 2011. She 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 resource for U Nonimmigrant Status practitioners, the ICWC U Visa Zoho Database.
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.