Technical Assistance Chapter from the 2016 Biennial Report to Congress
Read about program accomplishments from July 2013 - June 2015 and hear from grantees in their own words.
Because we are a LAV-funded agency, AIJ staff attorneys are able to receive training through the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) in how to provide overlapping civil and immigration legal services to immigrant victims. Attending NIWAP’s 2014 training directly helped AIJ’s staff attorneys to effectively represent and protect their clients. For example, one of AIJ’s LAV-funded staff attorneys used skills learned at that training to use discovery in a custody case to obtain proof of the abuser’s U.S. citizenship, and residence with their client in the U.S., for purposes of the client’s VAWA self-petition. She also used skills learned at that training to protect her client from questions regarding immigration status during litigation, and effectively argued that her client’s lack of status was part of the abuse and
weighed against the abuser, rather than AIJ’s client, in the custody determination.