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Immigration Clinic

Interns representing clients in immigration matters will focus on helping non-citizen victims of crime and abuse access remedies under federal administrative law. Immigration interns will learn first-hand how federal law and policy affect foreign individuals and families living in the United States.

Immigration interns will research and prepare written legal arguments and work closely with clients to gather documentation and draft affidavits as part of a petition to the federal government for one of the following forms of relief.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions and Battered Spouse Waivers

VAWA was passed to protect non-citizens who are married to an abusive spouse who is either a U.S. citizen or green-card holder. These forms of relief exist in order to free non-citizen victims from spousal abuse and prevent the battering spouse from using the non-citizen spouse's status as a means to control and intimidate the victim.


Recognizing that our communities are safer when victims of crime cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors, Congress created the U-Visa to protect immigrant crime victims who might otherwise fear deportation if they stepped forward and sought the protection of the law. Victims may be eligible for a U-Visa if they have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse, possess information concerning the crime, and been helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.

T-Visa Cases

Human trafficking is a global problem in which men, women, and children are held in slavery or bondage and forced to engage in sex or perform services for the benefit of others. To combat this problem in the United States, T-Visas are available to victims of human trafficking who are present in the U.S. due to the trafficking and meet statutorily defined criteria.

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Photograph: Gillian Chadwick.

Gillian Chadwick
Associate Professor of Law

The Law Clinic assists clients with filing to obtain appropriate initial relief and will assist with follow-up filings, such as adjustment of status to legal permanent residency and applications to be reunited with children left in the client's home country.

Immigration interns will hone client interviewing skills and learn to build rapport and gain trust so the client will disclose highly sensitive information related to the trauma she has endured. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop their legal reasoning, writing, strategic thinking, and cultural competency skills