State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
4110 Chain Bridge Road
3rd Floor, Courtroom 3K
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
For directions, call (703) 246-3015

Workshop Description

As the numbers of linguistic and cultural diverse foreign-born individuals living in the U.S. has increased, state courts are being called upon to serve greater numbers of families that include immigrant family members. Family courts are seeing growing numbers of immigrants seeking civil protection orders, custody, child support, divorce, U visa certification, and judgments in a range of proceedings particularly those involving children who are immigrants themselves or who have one or more immigrant parents. To issue rulings that promote justice and fairness in cases involving immigrants, courts need access to legally correct information about immigration laws and Department of Homeland Security policies. This training will provide judges, judicial law clerks, court staff, court-appointed attorneys, guardians ad litem, volunteer attorneys, probation officers, and service providers with tools, bench cards, and materials containing up-to-date, legally correct information on current DHS policies, immigration enforcement priorities, and immigration relief that provide protection from deportation, legal immigration status and work authorization for immigrant children and immigrant for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes. The special role Congress created for law enforcement and judges in issuing U visa certifications and the special role of judges in cases of immigrant children seeking special immigrant juvenile status will be a key focus of this training.

View the full description of the workshop at our web library.

Target Audience:

The training is open to judges, law clerks, court staff, court-appointed attorneys, guardians ad litem, attorneys, probation officers, service providers, and law students in Northern Virginia.


For any questions and comments on this training, please contact Krisztina Szabo at (202) 274-4457 or

This training was developed under grant number SJI-12-E-169 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.