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An overview of NIJC's VAWA Pro Bono Project and pro bono representation in self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
NIJC prepares pro bono attorneys to assist immigrant survivors of domestic violence who are eligible to petition for protection under the VAWA. This training also includes practical tips for trauma-informed lawyering with survivors of domestic violence.
This document reflects the shared commitment NIJC and pro bono attorneys agree to when embarking on a collaboration for a new case.
NIJC provides guidelines for calendaring your longer-term pro bono matter.
COVID-19 guidance for NIJC pro bono attorneys.
EOIR has changed the filing deadline for non-detained merits hearing back from 30 days to 15 days before the merits hearing.
A training for pro bono attorneys on assisting immigrant victims of domestic violence who are eligible to file for a VAWA self-petition.
Guidelines for Domestic Violence Experts and Counselors for VAWA Affidavits
The legal citation providing statutory eligibility for VAWA: INA § 204 (2010).
A sample cover letter to request an EOIR FOIA.
The law regarding adjustment of status: INA § 245(a) (2010)
A sample cover letter to request a CBP FOIA.
The text of regulations regarding VAWA: 8 C.F.R. § 204.2(2010)
A list of legal citations relevant to the VAWA application.
The law regarding inadmissibility, INA § 212 (2010)
This page contains information relating to VAWA applications.
A sample cover letter for a FOIA request from USCIS.
The law relating to good moral character, INA § 101(f) (2010)
This virtual training by experts at NIJC prepares pro bono attorneys to assist immigrant survivors of domestic violence who are eligible to petition for protection under VAWA.
This links to the instructions for requesting a biometrics (fingerprint) appointment for individuals seeking relief in removal proceedings, including asylum.