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Grant Webinars

Grant Webinars

The DV-Immigration Webinars on this website were developed and created through a federal Justice for Families grant.  JEC produced 7 one hour-long webinars pursuant to the Grant:

Webinar 1 (Unfortunately, the recording for this webinar is defective and therefore not included here), May 3, 2017, Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases: Linking Litigant Experiences to Better Outcomes and Safer Communities - A lot has been written in recent years on procedural justice—how the ways in which litigants are treated in court affects their perceptions of fairness. But what about procedural justice in the context of domestic violence? This webinar will provide an overview of procedural justice in domestic violence cases, explaining how the perception of fairness goes hand-in-hand with increased compliance and accountability. It will offer best practices for judges, hearing officers, commissioners, and other court personnel. Participants will hear from national leaders in this work.

Webinar 2,  August 30, 2017: Implementing the Family Violence Protection Act to Avoid Barriers for Immigrant Litigants - This webinar provides an overview of the Family Violence Protection Act, particularly focusing on areas that have the potential to create stumbling blocks for immigrant litigants.  This webinar enhances your understanding of the Family Violence Protection Act and the ways in which it specifically impacts immigrants.  This webinar also briefly introduces Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)* findings in domestic violence protective orders/family law orders.

Webinar 3, September 15, 2017: When State Family Law and Federal Immigration Laws Intersect: Promoting Access to the Courts and Just Outcomes for Immigrants - This webinar provides an overview of some of the ways immigration law intersects with state family court cases, specifically cases involving domestic violence.  In particular, the judges’ role and judicial ethics of U Visa certification and SIJS findings are explored.  Additionally, this session addresses how access to legally correct information about immigration laws improves outcomes and accountability in custody and protection order proceedings, and promotes access to justice for immigrant families.

Webinar 4, October 11, 2017: “What Has Culture Got To Do With Anything?” Engaging Cultural Differences in Domestic Violence Cases - This webinar focuses on a critical redefinition of culture using more current understandings of the term.  It then explores the role of a critical redefinition of culture in the provision of the court and court related services in domestic violence cases, and provides suggestions for the courts to be engaged with immigrant litigants and their communities so that systems players are responsive to the cultural needs of the families and communities they serve while also focusing on safety.  This webinar explores opportunities, challenges, and strategies for creating a culturally inclusive court system.

Webinar 5, August 14, 2018: Emerging Issues in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, including a View from the Family Court Bench - This webinar focuses on emerging and advanced issues regarding SIJS.  Ms. Martin reports on adjudication trends for SIJS cases and addresses the implications for immigrant youth, attorneys, and judges in New Mexico.  Judge Lavelle provides his perspectives on SIJS issues from the family court bench.  This session particularly focuses on where SIJS issues arise in family court matters, including domestic violence matters.  The webinar is relevant for judges, hearing officers and other court staff.

Webinar 6, August 21, 2018: Impact of DHS Enforcement Priorities on Courts: VAWA Confidentiality and Custody - This webinar addresses the statutory limitations VAWA confidentiality places on immigration enforcement at courthouses with regard to immigrant DV victims participating in civil and family cases and being witnesses in criminal cases, and includes how Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 2018 Courthouse Enforcement Policy and ICE immigration enforcement priorities impact state court cases involving immigrant DV victims.

Webinar 7, September 6, 2018, (Audio Only) Transforming Trauma -- How to Do the Work You Do and Sustain - Presented by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Director, Trauma Stewardship Institute. 


This project was supported by Justice for Families Grant No. 2015-FJ-AX-0013 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.