The Immigration Clinic: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) & U-Visa Project

As a joint effort between the Immigration Law Society and El Centro, the Immigration (VAWA) Clinic helps undocumented immigrants who have left abusive relationships or been victims of serious crimes submit VAWA or U-Visa applications. These applications allow them to stay in the country, receive a work permit, and obtain permanent residence. Eligible applicants are also placed on the path to US citizenship. Volunteers work directly with clients, including women who are victims of domestic violence, as well as men and children who have suffered sexual abuse, felonious assault, and attempted murder.

Clinic volunteers work in pairs and meet face-to-face with clients to interview them for their applications. Volunteers then draft a VAWA or U-Visa declaration and review it with the client. We offer a training that helps volunteers prepare for the interviews, address issues faced by our clients, and a draft declarations. Interviews typically take place on Saturdays at CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) in Koreatown, and volunteers are generally responsible for two clients per semester (approximately a 10 hour time commitment per semester). We welcome all volunteers, but given the needs of the clients, we strongly encourage Spanish speakers to apply.

Clinic Chairs
Catherine Kang:
Yan Zhao:
Danielle Sze:

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