Legal Assistance for Survivors of Torture

This webinar, from 9/12/2007, features Michael Ortiz, Carolina Sheinfeld, and Emily Carey. The presentation includes discussion of eligibility criteria for forms of immigration relief available to survivors of torture, effective coordination between torture treatment and legal service providers in immigration court proceedings, and post-asylum legal services for survivors of torture.

This webinar is presented as a part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Learning Objective 1: To identify eligibility criteria for forms of immigration relief available to survivors of torture.

Learning Objective 2: Effective coordination between torture treatment and legal service providers in immigration court proceedings.

Learning Objective 3: To discuss post- asylum legal services for survivors of torture.

  • Los Angeles Guide for Torture Survivors.  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. (2005).

  • Germain, Regina (Oct. 2007). AILA’s Asylum Primer , Fifth Edition, American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Visa Reciprocity and Country Documents Finder: Foreign Affairs Manual, US Department of State, available online at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/reciprocity/index.htm

  • “Preliminary Findings and Conclusions on the Material Support for Terrorism Bar as Applied to the Overseas Resettlement of Refugees from Burma,” Immigration and Refugee Clinic  and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (Feb. 2006), viewed online: http://www.humanrightsfirst.info/pdf/06619-asy-mat-sup-terr-bar-study.pdf

  • Asylee Hotline (for asylees only)  Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) 1-800-354-0365: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) operates an asylee hotline that provides outreach and service access to individuals granted asylum.  Multilingual operators are available to speak with asylees who may be uncertain about where to receive benefits and services.

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