State Court Findings for Abused Youth Seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Presented by the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) in partnership with California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)

Date: Monday, July 13, 2015

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Cost: The webinar is free to all participants.

Who: Attorneys, advocates, judges, court staff, and other professionals who work with or advocate for immigrant survivors.

Where: Offered online. Conference call dial in number available as an alternative to internet sound and those unable to connect. Participants must register ahead of time using the form below. Registration will remain open through July 13, 2015.

Presenters: Leslye Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University Washington College of Law, Eileen Matuszak,  USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy, Family Immigrant and Victim Protection Division, Department of Homeland Security, and Commissioner Loretta Young, New Castle County Family Courts, Wilmington, DE.

Description of webinar: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) allows certain youth immigrant survivors of abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect by a parent to obtain legal immigration status in the United States. This webinar will review elements required for a successful SIJS application focused particularly on special findings in state court orders. Faculty will provide information and resources on screening for SIJS eligibility, types of qualifying abuse, which SIJS cases OVW and LSC funded organizations may represent, jurisdictional concerns of judges, and clarification on the requirement that only one parent abused the petitioning youth.

Webinar materials will include links to practice tools, statutes, government policies and regulations, training manuals, and materials, to better assist you in your work with immigrant survivors. This is an interactive webinar in which attendees will be encouraged to participate and ask questions. Closed Captioning is Available.

* The portion of the webinar presented by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will only be available live. The remainder of the webinar will be recorded and posted on NIWAP’s website.

Contact: If you need help with your webinar registration or have any technical questions, please contact Levi Wolberg at (202)274-4190 or

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