Events and Trainings

Pursuing U Visas Under Trump: Advanced Topics & Emerging Issues

03/02/2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UNC School of Law, Van Hecke Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road, Room 4085, Chapel Hill, NC
Ahlam Moussa

ASISTA Immigration Assistance invites you to: 

a One ­Day CLE Skills Seminar on

    Pursuing U Visas Under Trump: Advanced Topics & Emerging Issues

Date & Time → Friday, March 2, 2018  --  9:00 am­- 5:00 pm

Where → UNC School of Law, Van-Hecke Wettach Hall                   
160 Ridge Road, Room 4085
Chapel Hill, NC 

Co-Sponsored by: Legal Aid of North Carolina,  Robertson Immigration Law Firm, and the UNC School of Law



 In this interactive training, designed for those doing significant U visa work, national and local experts will identify and discuss with participants hot topics in U visas,  safety planning to avoid survivor removal, expanding your work with community organizers and others who can help challenge attempts to remove survivors, arguments on challenging removability designed for survivors, learning to do administrative stays, and identifying the steps for filing cases in federal court to stop survivor removal when these efforts have failed.

Leah Arnold, Legal Aid of North Carolina
Brad Banias, Barnwell Whaley Law Firm
Kaci Bishop, UNC School of Law
Thomas Fulghum, Attorney at Law
Rona Karacaova, Legal Aid of North Carolina
Hans Linnartz, Linnartz Immigration Law Office
Helen Parsonage, Elliot Morgan Parsonage Law
Gail Pendleton, ASISTA Immigration Assistance
Patricia Ravenhorst, SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Ann Robertson, Robertson Immigration Law Firm
Evelyn Smallwood, Hatch Rockers Immigration
Jeffrey Widdison, McKinney Immigration
Kate Woomer-Deters, Justice Center

To access the Agenda, CLICK HERE. 


Interactive Case Rounds: In this interactive exercise, participants will strategize on complex scenarios that may arise in U visa cases, including framing a U visa case, addressing problems that arise after filing, and creative ways to handle backlogged cases.  

Hot Topics: This panel will discuss emerging practices for addressing adjudication trends in U visas, including framing and responding to RFEs and denials of the 212(d)(14) national and public interest inadmissibility waiver, flagging and fixing reinstatement and failure to voluntarily depart, emerging issues in adjustment, and  evaluating other forms of relief for survivors, including transforming Us into Ts.

Overview: Protecting Clients Against Removal: This panel will discuss how to protect your survivor clients in the new enforcement atmosphere, including practical tips on immigration safety planning with survivors, using political and community organizing strategies to help advance and protect the rights of your U visa applicants, and advocacy strategies with DHS to hinder U applicant removals.

Skills Building to Prevent Removal and Pursue Remedies in Federal Court: In this panel experts will discuss details of how to identify and plan for filing stays of removal and potential immigration court and federal court actions to prevent removal, achieve quicker decisions on U cases, or challenge improper application of the law by the government

Applying the Skills: Participants will divide into small working groups and strategize on the preparation of stays of removal or framing federal court actions.

5.75 hrs of NC and SC CLE credit will be applied for separately.

Prices and Registration

  • $200 Individual Legal Worker/Non Profit Staff (includes ASISTA & NIPNLG members who are non- profits)
  • $250 Individual ASISTA or NIPNLG Member
  • $300 Individual Private Attorney

For each additional person from an organization/firm, subtract $50 from the fee for your category (i.e., $150 for second non-profit staff; $200 for second ASISTA/NIPNLG member; $250 for second attorney from the same law firm).  If you have questions about group rates, please contact

To access the Agenda, CLICK HERE. 

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