Washington State Bar Supports UW School Of Law's Immigrant Advocacy Project

Monday, August 2, 2010 - 01:00

The University of Washington School of Law's Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) is working with the Washington State Bar Association to search for attorneys interested in collaborating with UW law students and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to provide pro bono legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence. The project will assist volunteer attorneys, and no prior experience with immigration law is necessary.

As a pro bono attorney with IFAP, participants will either be assigned an I-360 self-petition for an abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident or a U-Visa for victims of domestic violence who report their abusers to law enforcement authorities. Volunteers will be working with one to three law students who will have attended a series of trainings. The students will complete applications, draft declarations and gather supporting documentation under your supervision.Though participants will be the attorney of record on an IFAP case, they will receive support from a student team and guidance from the staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Andrea Hastreiter at andreaha@u.washington.edu or Jordan Wasserman, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney for NWIRP, at Jordan@nwirp.org or (206) 957-8632.