Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
Immigrant Families Advocacy Project University of Washington School of Law William H. Gates HallBox 353020 SeattleSeattle, WA 98195-3020
- Phone: (206) 543-7501
- Fax: (206) 221-2359
- Website: http://uwifap.wordpress.com/
- Email: email@example.com
Founded in 1996 as a partnership between Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the University of Washington School of Law, the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
IFAP volunteers assist immigrants who are eligible to self-petition for legal permanent resident status under the Violence Against Women Act or petition for other types of relief as victims of criminal domestic violence (U-visas) or special immigrant juvenile status.
IFAP continues to be a cooperative effort between NWIRP and the UW Law School. After completing applications and attending mandatory training sessions, law students work in pairs with pro bono attorneys on cases that have been screened by NWIRP.
The CLE, Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, is part of the pro bono project the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), a partnership of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the UW Law School. Each year, IFAP trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys to provide legal aid to immigrant victims of domestic violence who self-petition for a U-Visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Students receive extensive training, enabling them to do the bulk of the work on a U-Visa petition. We currently have over 50 U-Visa applicants awaiting student-attorney teams for 2015-2016.
- State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Washington
- Area of law: Immigration & Naturalization
- Populations Served: Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Low Income
- Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers
- Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
- Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
- Training Provided: Yes
- Training Required: Yes
- CLE credit for trainings: Yes
- CLE credit for pro bono: No
- Mentoring or supervision offered: No
- Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
- Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students
- Volunteers may participate long-distance: No