Identifying Severe Forms of Human Trafficking: Intersection Cases

Identifying Severe Forms of Human Trafficking: Intersection Cases

Identifying Severe Forms of Human Trafficking: Intersection Cases (Seminar Recording)
Special Member Price: $59
Live Event Date: 02/06/2024
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Delve into the complex topic of how human trafficking intersects with domestic violence, smuggling, and labor exploitation cases. The expert panelists for this seminar will equip attendees with the essential tools to confidently identify instances of “severe forms of trafficking” and distinguish trafficking from other types of victimization. Learn about prevalent misconceptions regarding USCIS T visa adjudications and gain insight into effectively framing these challenging intersectional cases to minimize the chance of RFEs and denials.

Featured Topics:

  • How to distinguish human trafficking cases from typical domestic violence, smuggling, and labor exploitation cases
  • Expert case strategies on framing declarations and structuring legal arguments in T visa cases
  • Screening for human trafficking
    • Trauma-informed approaches
    • Shortcomings of common "red flag indicator" screening forms

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Erika E. Gonzalez (DL), AILA VAWA, Us, and Ts Committee, Los Angeles, CA

Erika E. Gonzalez, Training and Technical Assistance Managing Attorney at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles, is a leading national expert on legal remedies for human trafficking survivors. Co-founding and leading CAST's Training and Technical Assistance Program since 2015, she conducts nationwide training covering immigration, victims' rights, criminal record relief, and trauma-informed approaches. Previously, at Opening Doors, Inc., she directed the low-bono immigration program, specializing in aiding crime victims, especially survivors of human trafficking. Erika actively contributes to the legal field as a co-author of advisories on T visas and other relief, and is an engaged member of AILA.

Nicole M. Avila, AILA VAWA, Us, and Ts Committee, Orlando, FL

Nicole M. Avila is a supervising attorney in the Survivor Advocacy Project at Florida Legal Services. Nicole supervises the project’s anti-trafficking legal services, immigration legal services, and pro bono volunteers. Nicole has been a featured speaker on immigration relief for survivors of crimes, victim rights representation, trauma informed legal representation, and legal practice from a race equity lens for national organizations including the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), ASISTA, and Freedom Network USA, as well as multiple voluntary bar associations. Nicole currently serves as a member of the VAWA, T, and U Visa Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for AILA.

Stephanie Morales, AILA VAWA, Us, and Ts Committee, Minneapolis, MN

Stephanie Morales is the owner and managing attorney of Morales Law PLLC, a small immigration firm in Minneapolis, MN. She received her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and is licensed in Minnesota and California. She has been practicing immigration law for over twelve years, with particular expertise in T visas. She is currently a member of AILA’s VAWA, Us, and Ts Committee.

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