Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Webinar Series
This two-part webinar series will focus on enhancing access to justice by fostering more culturally responsive courts, court staff, and judges. Identify role-specific responsibilities in implementing culturally responsive practices in the courts. Assess culturally-specific barriers survivors may face in the civil, family, and criminal justice systems and design strategies for overcoming those challenges.
Who should participate?
- Justice for Families, ICJR and Rural grantees, STOP, State Sexual and Domestic Violence Coalitions and CSSP grantees and their OVW grant partners.
- Family violence and sexual assault advocates.
- Law enforcement based victim service providers.
Session I: Judge’s Roles in Cases of Immigrant Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
Date: Monday October 15th, 2018
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm (CST)
This webinar will discuss important issues that arise in family court cases involving immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and their children. The range of issues that perpetrators raise in custody cases involving battered immigrant parents will be addressed with emphasis providing legally correct information that counters misinformation perpetrators provide about immigration law, immigration status and its relevance in domestic violence custody proceedings. It will also include a discussion about U visa certification by judges, covering the range of family, civil and criminal court cases in which immigrant victims may turn to the courts for help and provide information as victims of qualifying criminal activities from which they have suffered harm and are willing to be helpful to the investigation or prosecution of that crime. Additionally, this webinar with discuss how immigrant youth who are victims of domestic or sexual violence or who are children of battered immigrants may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile States and the state court findings that must be obtained before the application for immigration relief can be filed.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Understand and use accurate information about immigration laws to issue court orders or seek court orders granting custody of children to non-abusive battered immigrant parents;
- Issue or obtain U visa certification by judges hearing protection order, custody, divorce or other civil court cases involving immigrant victims of domestic or sexual violence;
- Issue or obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status findings needed by immigrant youth who are victims of domestic or sexual violence perpetrated by one of the child’s parents.
Rocio Molina, Associate Director for National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University’s Washington College of Law
Rocio Molina, Associate Director for National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University’s Washington College of Law, is an immigration attorney serving immigrant survivors for over ten years. Rocío provides legal counsel, research, technical assistance, and training for the benefit of immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Prior to this position, Rocío worked with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she represented hundreds of immigrant victims in both immigration and family court proceedings. Rocio leads NIWAP’s Community of Practice for Family Law Attorney’s and Roundtables for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors. She serves regularly as faculty for the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women conferences and events immigration and family law issues.
Leslye Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law
Leslye Orloff is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Orloff’s 35-year career includes working collaboratively with experts across the country to develop and implement immigration relief, public benefits access and family law protections for immigrant women, children and survivors. She was involved in drafting the immigration protections in the Violence Against Women Acts (VAWA) 1994, 2000, 2005, and 2013 and the Trafficking Victims Protection Acts of 2000 and 2008. Ms. Orloff is a family law expert with years of litigation experience representing immigrant victims in custody, protection order and divorce actions. She was recently appointed to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers where she chairs the subcommittee on Health, Mental Health and Trauma.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K007 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.