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T-Visas for Human Trafficking Victims


Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: June 17, 2020
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Agenda

  • Who is eligible for the T-1 Visa and what does it waive?
  • What is human trafficking?
  • Screening for eligibility
  • Potential pitfalls
Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: June 17, 2020

Description

Learn how to identify cases, successfully complete and submit visa applications to the USCIS, and interact with victims

Thousands of people are victims of human trafficking in the United States each year. T non-immigrant status provides immigration protection to victims of trafficking. The T Visa allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases.

This program was recorded on June 17th, 2020.

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American Bar Association

Panelists

Brittanie L. James

Managing Attorney
James Immigration Law, P.A.

Attorney Brittanie L. James is a Florida Bar Board certified immigration lawyer practicing in Vero Beach, Florida. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Attorney James dedication to immigration law first began during an internship in high school where she immediately developed a passion for fighting for immigrants’ rights, and to keep families together. She then went on to complete her bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami in 2009; and then graduated from the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California in 2011 (cum laude). Attorney James is a Florida Board certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. She is one out of only 79 lawyers certified for this in the state of Florida; there are no others in Indian River, Saint Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee or Brevard Countries. She has also participated in trainings for other attorneys on visas for victims of human trafficking.

Brittanie has handled a wide spectrum of cases with experience both at one of the largest business immigration firms in the country and also at a small private practice. Her wide range of expertise gives her the ability to represent your immigration case confidently and help you get the best results possible.

Brittany T. Faith

Director
Grant Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C.

Brittany Faith is head of GKH’s Immigration Practice Group. Ms. Faith has extensive experience serving clients throughout the world with their immigration needs, including family-based immigration petitions, employment-based petitions, and humanitarian relief. She is committed to providing personalized, cost-effective immigration services for her clients around the world and across the U.S.

Ms. Faith is a regular contributor and speaker on immigration for organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Midsouth Chapter, as well as numerous local bar associations, non-profits, and media outlets.

Ms. Faith is an Oak Ridge, Tennessee native. She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then progressed to the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was Director of Tennessee's Pro Bono Program; Treasurer of Law Women; ABA Representative for the Student Bar Association; and AILA Midsouth Law School Liaison. Before coming to GKH, Ms. Faith worked at several immigration non-profits and created the College of Law's U Visa Alternative Spring Break Program.

In addition to her role at GKH, Ms. Faith serves her community as a leader through her involvement in bar associations. She currently serves as the Chair of the America Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) Midsouth Chapter, which constitutes immigration attorneys in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. As a Chapter Chair, she serves on the AILA Board of Governors. She also currently serves on AILA’s Distance Learning Committee and as the Chapter Liaison to the Department of State. She was awarded the AILA Pro Bono Hero award in 2014.

Ms. Faith believes in the importance of bar involvement for young lawyers and has served in many leadership roles as part of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Ms. Faith was recently elected to serve as Vice President of the Tennessee Bar Association YLD and will lead the division as President in 2022. She is on the ABA YLD council, currently serving as its Co-Director of Practices Services. She served as President of the Chattanooga Bar YLD in 2017. She is especially proud that she was part of the reinvigoration of SETLAW and served as President in 2015. She was also honored to be selected to serve on the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts Immigration Task Force. At the local, state, and national level, Ms. Faith improves her community and profession through consistent leadership and service to others.

Ms. Faith’s dedication and skill has earned her numerous accolades. In 2019, she was one of only 40 attorneys in the country to be selected for the “ABA on the Rise- Top 40 Young Lawyers” award. In 2017, she was awarded the TBA YLD President’s Recognition award. In 2020, Ms. Faith was selected for membership in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, in which membership is limited to one third of one percent of all lawyers in America. She has been nominated to be a Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2017, and she maintains a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo.

Ms. Faith is also very active in Chattanooga and around the South East. She serves as Board Chair for La Paz of Chattanooga. In addition, Ms. Faith volunteers for various organizations such as TIRRC, Midsouth Immigration Advocates, Justice for Our Neighbors, the University of Tennessee College of Law, etc. She was previously a member of the Foreign Ministry of Mexico’s PALE program, which provides legal advice and services to Mexican nationals residing in the U.S.

Nicole M. Avila

Principal
Avila Law, PLLC

Nicole M. Avila is an immigration attorney licensed to practice in the State of Florida. She is the founder of Avila Law PLLC. Nicole focuses her practice solely on immigration law, to help her clients achieve their “American Dream.” Nicole’s goal is to help clients find their ideal solution to complex immigration issues. Whether it be filing through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, or defending clients in removal proceedings, Nicole possesses the tools, knowledge, and compassion to guide and defend clients through this difficult process.

Nicole earned her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. She is an immigrant from Venezuela who grew up in South Florida and understands the hardships and complexities of immigrating to a new country.

Nicole is also actively involved in the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


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