VAWA in 2022: Breaking Barriers and Finding Solutions for Relief

VAWA in 2022: Breaking Barriers and Finding Solutions for Relief

VAWA in 2022: Breaking Barriers and Finding Solutions for Relief - Live (CLE Included)
10/25/2022 02:00 PM ET - 03:30 PM ET
VAWA in 2022: Breaking Barriers and Finding Solutions for Relief - Recording (CLE Included)
Reduced Rate Seminar: $59 for Members
Live Event Date: 10/25/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

In the fast-moving world of humanitarian cases, immigration attorneys often fail to slow down and ask crucial questions. For clients who are survivors of abuse, this may be a life-or-death situation. Our panel of experts will provide guidance on key intake questions to include, plus the new policy that favors survivors’ eligibility to self-petition. They also will advise on key removal defense strategies.

Featured Topics:

  • Overview: How VAWA Can Help Survivors and Their Derivatives
  • Ethical Issues Arising in Dual Representation When VAWA Is a Remedy
  • New VAWA Policy Developments Easing the Path to Relief
  • The Often Forgotten: VAWA in Removal Proceedings

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Sonia Parras Konrad (DL), Des Moines, IA

Sonia Parras Konrad is the co-founder of ASISTA and former director. Sonia has been representing immigrant survivors or gender violence since 1997. Her private law office in Des Moines, Iowa is a leader in pro bono services. Sonia is the recipient of the Michael Maggio Pro Bono AILA Award for her work in the Postville case. She received her JD from the Facultad de Derecho in Granada, Spain and is a member of the Iowa Bar and the Federal Bar Association for the Southern District.

Laura Lichter, AILA Past President, Denver, CO

Laura Lichter’s Denver-based practice emphasizes representation of removable aliens, contested family and naturalization applications, administrative appeals, and related federal litigation. Ms. Lichter serves on AILA’s Board of Governors and is a former Colorado Chapter Chair. She currently chairs AILA's ICE Liaison Committee, and previously chaired the EOIR Liaison Committee. Ms. Lichter graduated from Swarthmore College and earned her JD at the University of Colorado.

Timothy A. Fallon, AILA VAWA, Us, and Ts Committee, New York, NY

Timothy A. Fallon joined Her Justice in 2015. In his role as a Supervising Attorney, Tim represents clients in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions, Applications for Adjustment of Status, I-751 Petitions, Petitions for U Nonimmigrant Status, Applications for T Nonimmigrant Status, removal proceedings, Applications for Naturalization, consular processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Applications for Employment Authorization. He also develops and presents educational materials for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) trainings, mentors pro bono attorneys on immigration matters, assesses and reviews cases for pro bono placement, advises clients of their rights and collaborates with other advocates to provide legal and social services to clients. Prior to Her Justice, Tim was the Managing Attorney of the Immigration Unit at My Sisters’ Place and started his legal career at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. He graduated with a B.A. from University of Notre Dame and obtained his J.D. from Loyola University-New Orleans College of Law in 2005. Tim speaks Spanish.

Christine Popp, Bloomington, IN

Christine Popp is a partner at Popp & Bullman, Attorneys-at-Law. She also teaches Immigration Law and Asylum Law as an adjunct professor at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. She is the immediate past chair of the AILA Indiana Chapter. Ms. Popp received her J.D. and M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School (2005), and her B.A. from Indiana University (2001).

Cecelia F. Levin, Policy Analyst, Office of Policy and Strategy, Humanitarian Affairs Division, Victim Protection Branch, USCIS, Washington, DC

Cecelia F. Levin has served as a Policy Analyst at USCIS’s Office of Policy and Strategy, Humanitarian Affairs Division, Victim Protection Branch since September 2021. Cecelia has over 18 years of experience working on immigration protections for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking through her work with various national and local non-profit agencies. Ms. Levin received her JD from American University Washington College of Law.

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