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LACLJ Joins Over 560 Organizations To Call on DHS and ICE to Ensure Immigrant Survivors of Violence Can Access Safety and Protections

March 13, 2017

Recent executive orders and implementing memos revolving around immigration send a dangerous message to immigrant communities, especially those who have survived violence—namely that reaching out for help will put you at risk of deportation. Human traffickers, perpetrators of sexual assault, including sexual abuse in the workplace, and domestic abusers prey on vulnerable immigrants, and often threaten their victims that seeking assistance from the police or courts will result in deportation.

LACLJ as well as over 560 other national, state and local organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan highlighting how detrimental these new policies are for immigrant survivors and their families and calling on DHS to recognize that immigrant communities deserve safety and justice.

We are proud to be a part of this effort–read the full letter here!

 

 

LACLJ co-sponsors VAWA and U-VISA Training

January 27, 2017

VAWA and U Visas: A Fundamentals Training

This Training is Free for California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Immigration Services contractors and their subcontractors and pro bono attorneys.

Sponsored by:

    • Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
    • Immigration Center for Women and Children
    • Loyola Marymount University Law School
    • Public Counsel Law Center
    • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Date: February 6, 2017

Registration Deadline: January 30, 2017.
Click here to register

Location: Loyola Law School, Burns Lounge
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

This training is for those who are new to immigration law and/or new to VAWA and the U visa.

VAWA Self-Petitioning Fundamentals (MCLE: 2.75 CA)
9:00-12:00pm (registration begins at 8:30am)

VAWA allows an abused spouse or child of a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident or an abused parent of a U.S. Citizen to self-petition for lawful status in the United States, receive employment authorization, and access public benefits. This training will cover the eligibility requirements for both self-petitioning and adjustment of status under VAWA, the self-petitioning process, the benefits of VAWA self-petitioning, and practice tips for screening and assisting clients.

Presenters:
Gina Amato – Public Counsel
Sally Kinoshita – Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Mona Patel-Sikora – Immigration Center for Women & Children

U Visa Fundamentals (MCLE: 2.75 CA)
1:30-4:30pm (registration begins at 1:00pm)

Immigrant victims of certain crimes who have been helpful in a criminal investigation or prosecution may qualify for U non immigrant status (also known as a U visa) that can lead to a green card. This training will cover the U visa eligibility requirements, application procedures, law enforcement certification strategies, and practice tips for screening and assisting clients.

Presenters:
Michelle Carey – Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice
Alison Kamhi – Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Nancy Reyes Guarderas – Legal Foundation of Los Angeles

You may register for one or both trainings here.

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is a State Bar of California Department of Legal Specialization approved provider.

For questions or more information, please use the contact below:

www.ilrc.org
(T) 415-255-9499 (F) 415-255-9792

President-elect Trump has threatened to end the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at tremendous cost to the American economy.

January 3, 2017

Today, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center released Money on the Table – the Economic Costs of Ending DACA. President-elect Trump has threatened to end the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at tremendous cost to the American economy.

This report finds that ending DACA could:

• reduce tax contributions to Social Security and Medicare by $24.6 billion over a decade;
• incur unnecessary turnover costs to employers at the tune of $3.4 billion; and
• lead to the immediate job loss of over 645,000 DACA beneficiaries.

We need your help to save DACA. Take ACTION by:

1. Reading and sharing the report with your friends and colleagues: https://www.ilrc.org/report-daca-economic-cost
2. Share the image pictured below of the report’s findings on Facebook and Twitter
3. Tweet in support of #DACA

Click here to view “Money on the Table – the Economic Costs of Ending DACA.”

 

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 25, 2016

LACLJ is committed to advocating on behalf of the nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men who have experienced some form of sexual assault. A lawyer can be a valuable advocate for survivors of sexual assault. In LACLJ’s Teen/LA program, attorneys help young survivors come up with solutions to the challenges they may face in their everyday lives after an assault. Continue Reading»