Join The VAWA Manual authors, Evangeline Abriel, Ann Block, and Sally Kinoshita, as they discuss the eligibility requirements, application process, and latest practice tips for assisting VAWA self-petitioners in obtaining legal permanent residency through adjustment of status.
Evangeline Abriel, Clinical Professor – Santa Clara University School of Law
Evangeline Abriel a Clinical Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Professor Abriel joined the Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing (LARAW) faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003 and directed the program from 2007 until 2014. In addition to teaching LARAW and Advocacy, she directs the Immigration Appellate Practice Clinic and the law school’s summer legal studies program in Sydney, Australia.
Prior to joining the Santa Clara law faculty, Professor Abriel spent a year in Perth, Western Australia, where she taught at Notre Dame University School of Law and served as a consultant to the Murdoch University Law School Clinic in 1999. Upon returning to the United States, she was a senior attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) in San Francisco. Professor Abriel also served as a clinical professor of law at Loyola University New Orleans from 1983 until 1999, where she practiced law with her students in the areas of immigration, juvenile, domestic, and federal civil rights law and directed the Street Law program, the summer legal studies program in Mexico, and the Mobile Immigration Law Clinic.
In addition to The VAWA Manual, Professor Abriel is the co-author of A Guide for Legal Advocates Providing Services to Victims of Human Trafficking (written for CLINIC and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops under a grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement). She received her J.D. from Tulane Law School. She writes and speaks frequently on immigration law matters, particularly on immigration relief for refugees and victims of abuse and crime.
Ann Block, ILRC AOD Contract Attorney
Ann Block is an Attorney based in Davis and San Francisco. She has been with ILRC part-time since 2009 and also maintains a private practice in Davis, California. Ann has expertise in family immigration, naturalization and citizenship, VAWA and U visas, removal defense and extensive experience with immigration consequences of criminal convictions. She provides technical assistance through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program, mentoring and assisting nonprofit attorneys and staff, public defenders and private attorneys with a wide variety of immigration law questions and cases. She has contributed to several ILRC manuals, including Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit; Families and Immigration; Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship; and Inadmissibility & Deportability, and has authored articles, presented webinars and served as a panelist on marriage immigration issues, adjustment of status, U visas, and criminal immigration for ILRC, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG). Prior to ILRC, Ann gained extensive private and nonprofit experience as a staff attorney for Park & Associates, Catholic Charities in San Mateo, the International Institute of San Francisco and her own solo private practice. Ann has also served on the California State Bar’s Immigration and Nationality Law Commission (INLAC), the entity which certifies attorneys as immigration law specialists, including as both Vice-Chair and Chair of INLAC.
Ann earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis where she represented clients through the Prison Law Clinic and Immigration Law Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she double-majored in psychology and political science. Ann is admitted to the bar in California and is conversant in Spanish, with working knowledge of written French.
Sally Kinoshita, ILRC Deputy Director
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.