Friday, January 30, 2009

Free Community Training on New U Visas, February 12

In February, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) is conducting free community trainings at different community based and community service organizations around the area on a new advancement in immigration law, the U visa. The NAPAWF DC Chapter has been invited to participate in the next training on Thursday, February 12, 2-4pm.

The U visa is a new visa that is available for victims of certain types of criminal activity, including but not limited to blackmail, domestic violence, extortion, sexual exploitation, and torture. Individuals do not have to have status to get one and it can eventually lead to a green card. The concern for safety of immigrants is one of the primary reasons for creating the visa.

In the training, we provide the history behind the U visa, how the U visa can assist people now, and what community partners can do to assist in the whole process. The trainings will last about an hour and a half. We provide all the training materials, including a power-point presentation and different fact sheets in a folder for you to keep.

If your organization is working on issues affecting the immigrant community, this would be a great opportunity for your organization and especially frontline staff to learn more about the U-Visa. We welcome all who are interested in attending. Our next training will be on Thursday, February 12 from 2 to 4pm at the AFL-CIO (815 16th Street NW 20006). Attendees should sign in at the lobby.

If you plan to attend, please have email Betty Luan at the APALRC by February 10 at with "U Visa training" in the subject line, and your name and contact number in the email body.

Please take advantage of this free training!

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