On Monday, March 12th 2018, at 5:30 PM, Ceiba and Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (EILS) will organize an information session and immigration legal screening clinic to help immigrants who are victims of a serious crime and may be eligible for immigration relief under VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) or the U-Visa Program.
VAWA and the U-Visa Program provide relief for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of these crimes, which include but are not limited to:
• Domestic violence
• Sexual assault
• Aggravated assault
• Blackmail or extortion
Following the information session, Ceiba and EILS will perform comprehensive immigration legal screenings.
The event will take place at Esperanza College, located at 4261 N. 5th St., Philadelphia PA 19140.
“Many people are not familiar with VAWA and U-Visas, so we want to take this opportunity to inform the immigrant community on who is eligible and what the process entails,” expressed Alexis Duecker, Executive Director of Esperanza Immigration Legal Services. There will be trauma informed immigration lawyers, accredited representatives, and trained volunteers at the Information Session to answer questions and perform comprehensive screenings.
“Even those who aren’t eligible for VAWA or U-Visas should attend the event, as we will offer free immigration legal screenings following the session to determine eligibility for any type of immigration relief,” said Taylor De La Pena, Ceiba Program Coordinator.
The session will also provide information regarding financial assistance to cover the costs of applying for immigration relief.
To register for the session, call 215-324-0746.