The clinic assisted L with submitting a U Visa, a form of legal relief for non-citizens who have been the victim of a serious crime and have cooperated with law enforcement. L is a lawful permanent resident and suffered severe domestic violence at the hands of her husband for over a decade. The U Visa is an effort to prevent L from being deported back to Mexico, away from her six United States Citizen children, ten United States Citizen grandchildren, and the community she has lived in for over forty years.
Katie Austin (‘13) and Becca Kline (‘13) worked with L to prepare her U Visa application, conducting extensive client meetings, interviewing numerous witnesses, and communicating with experts around the country. They wrote six declarations, assembled massive amounts of supporting evidence, and drafted complex legal arguments to establish the client’s eligibility for the U Visa. The U Visa application is currently pending before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.