Understanding the Intersection of Immigration Law in State Court Proceedings
WEBINAR RECORDING COMING SOON!
Court of common pleas judges, law clerks and court staff will be provided with up-to-date, legally accurate information and materials, including tools and bench cards, that will help courts promote the fair administration of justice in cases involving immigrant families, litigants, and crime victims. Please watch and listen as Leslye Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director, National Immigration Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law, explores immigration policies and the courts in this November 2014 webinar.
The webinar will discuss current Department of Homeland Security policies, immigration enforcement priorities, and immigration relief that provides protection from deportation as well as legal immigration status for immigrant children and immigrant victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes. The special role created by Congress for law enforcement and judges in issuing U visa certifications will also be discussed.
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*Especially For Judges*
Federal and State Firearms Laws Pertaining to Domestic Violence Offenders
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Join two experienced prosecutors to learn how state and federal firearms laws affect domestic violence offenders in criminal and civil cases.
Michael Sullivan, Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County
Steve Kaufman, Criminal Chief, US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of PA
- Explore the lethality that firearms bring to domestic violence cases
- Identify firearm prohibitions & offenses
- Apply pertinent laws to remove firearms from domestic violence perpetrators who cannot legally have them
Safety In and Beyond the Courtroom
Improving Safety for Domestic Violence Plaintiffs Improves Safety for All
For judges, court personnel, sheriffs, hearing officers, guardians ad litem and others working within the court
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Every day judges and courthouse employees face exposure to violence in the courthouse and other settings where litigants come to address legal concerns. Some courthouses screen visitors entering the courthouse or courtroom, but rarely are safety measures in place for hearings outside the courtroom setting.
- Safety for Litigants, Jurors, Witnesses and the Public
- Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence
- Best Practices for Court Safety
Understanding & Responding to Stalking in the Court of Common Pleas
For judges by experts from the national Stalking Resource Center, informs courts how to identify stalking and respond to it with appropriate sanctions and monitoring.
Stalking cases are heard every day in civil and criminal courtrooms across Pennsylvania. In one year, 6.6 million people are stalked in our country. The number of victims being stalked increased almost 50 percent (from 3.4 million) since 2006.
Stalking is a prevalent and insidious crime:
- Most acts of stalking are committed by someone the victim knows
- Often, the perpetrator is a current or former intimate partner of the victim. 66 percent of female victims and 41 percent of male victims report stalking of this nature.
- More than three-quarters of female intimate partners who were murdered had been stalked by their intimate partner in the year prior to the femicide.
Working with Victims of Domestic Violence in Later Life
The percentage of Pennsylvanians older than 60 is projected to grow to 28 percent by 2030. Pennsylvania courts will see more and more cases of elder abuse and domestic violence in later life, which includes physical and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment. Ninety percent of elder abuse is perpetrated by a family member, usually a spouse or an adult child, which makes PFA and civil courts the arena for elder abuse cases.
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This webinar can prepare court personnel to:
- Define domestic violence in later life and challenges faced by older victims
- Recognize accommodations in the courthouse environment that older individuals may require
- Identify ways to enhance access to justice for victims of domestic violence in later life
PCADV webinars for judges, court personnel, law enforcement and prosecutors are supported by grant funds awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in these webinars are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of PCCD or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.