Expert Advice for Judges: How to Handle U Visa Certification Requests

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Presented by National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project at American University, Washington College of Law (NIWAP, pronounced new-app) in partnership with the State Justice Institute (SJI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Presenters Scott Whelan, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Leslye Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University Washington College of Law; Hon. Lora Livingston (Travis County Courts, Austin, TX – Invited); Hon. Gustavo N. Sztraicher (Los Angeles Superior Court – Invited); David Lee, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) will cover topics including:

  • An overview of the law regarding U visa certification by judges
  • Up-to-date legally correct information from DHS on U visa certification and U visa regulations and policies
  • Discussion of why U visa certification from judges was included in the statute as a viable option for victims
  • Best practices for state and federal judges signing U visa certification including timing of judicial certification in civil and criminal cases
  • Practice pointers for judges on completing the U visa certification form.

For further questions, please contact NIWAP at or 202-274-4457.

This training was developed under grant number 2013-TA-AX-K009 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.

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