The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Chapter for Georgia and Alabama Annual Conference takes place in March 2022
Coral Springs, FL — Immigration Attorney Renata Castro will speak on immigration benefits for victims of domestic violence at the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Panel for the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Chapter for Georgia and Alabama.
“It is a privilege to share my expertise from filing hundreds of domestic violence relief cases with other immigration attorneys”, said Renata Castro, Founding Immigration Attorney at Castro Legal Group.
The VAWA program allows spouses (current and those who divorced in the past two years), children, and parents of US citizens and green card holders to obtain an immigration protection in the form of a green card if they have been a victim of domestic violence. The abuse usually manifests itself in the form of religious, sexual, physical, emotional, or financial abuse.
“Representing hundreds of victims has made me realize that it is key to educate both the victims and advocates. An overwhelming average of 80% of the victims were unaware they were in an abusive relationship”, said Renata Castro. According to Castro, “immigrants are a particularly vulnerable group due to the disparity in power they experience. Knowing their rights is key.”
AILA GA/AL Chapter Conference
The 2022 AILA Georgia Alabama Chapter Annual Conference will take place virtually on March 24 and 25, 2022. Lawyers at work: Building a Stronger Immigration Bar is the theme of the Chapter’s conference this year, focusing on innovative legal strategies to navigate the complex and ever-changing field of immigration law. Speakers are selected by their peers.
Renata Castro, Esq. is one of the speakers on the panel titled – HOW TO: Violence Against Women Act, which will walk both novice and experienced practitioners on strategies on filing a winning VAWA application. Tracie Klinke, Esq. and Zainab Alwan, Esq. are also on the distinguished panel of speakers.
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