Family Reunification: Happily Ever After?

This webinar, from November 19, 2014, features Daliah Setareh, Esq., Carolina Sheinfeld, and Ji-Lan Zang, Esq., of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Monday, 24 November 2014


In the third part of our post-family reunification webinar series, experts from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) discuss the intersection of immigration law and family law and issues that can arise in connection to family reunification. They address marriage, divorce, adoption, and other topics relevant to torture-impacted families going through the reunification process. This webinar is designed for direct service providers, including immigration attorneys and other legal staff working with torture survivors, case managers and social workers.
LAFLA’s legal assistance focuses on immigrants who have survived violent crimes, domestic violence, human trafficking, and torture. LAFLA's Torture Survivors Project provides immigration and family law services to adults and children and assists them in obtaining various forms of legal relief (asylum, U visas, T visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status -SIJS, and Violence Against Women Act –VAWA- self petitions). The Torture Survivors Project serves approximately 200 torture survivors a year on their path to citizenship and community integration, and their services encompass legal assistance, case management, and community education as well.
The other webinars in the post-family reunification series are:


  • List the basics of family law (Marriage, Divorce, Restraining Orders, etc.) that are relevant to torture survivors;
  • Recognize how family law and immigration may interact in ways that affect torture survivors;
  • Discuss other family law and immigration remedies relevant to torture survivors (unaccompanied minors and adoption issues)


Daliah Setareh, JD, Carolina Sheinfeld, and Ji-Lan Zang, JD.


The presenters provided this brief list of definitions relevant to the presentation:
  • USC = US Citizen
  • LPR= Lawful Permanent Resident or green card holder
  • Adjust status= apply for LPR status
  • Petitioner and beneficiary
    • The person petitioning or a family member’s immigration status (or for him/herself in VAWA self-petitioning process) is the Petitioner.
    • Foreign national relative is called a beneficiary
  • Principal and derivative
    • The main applicant filing for asylum, VAWA, U or T nonimmigrant status is called the “principal.” 
    • The principal’s family member is called a “derivative.” 


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