Community Outreach re. Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women & Children
Attorneys Mira Mdivani and Danielle Atchison held two several hour-long outreach programs in 2016 to spread the word about options for immigrant women and children victims of domestic violence. They visited a local domestic violence shelter to train over 20 advocates on how to recognize, triage, and work with attorneys on these cases. They were also invited to the Jasper County Bar Association luncheon where they trained lawyers on how to recognize when these matters may arise, how to triage them, and practical tips for lawyers looking to take these cases pro bono in their area.
Insight into a Case
As told by attorney Danielle Atchison:
There have been several cases this year that have tugged at my heartstrings. All of the women and children that we serve have their own unique story with awful facts, and a glimmer of hope. While I care very deeply for all of our clients and the success in their cases, one success story this year, in particular, marked me forever.
Last year we helped a wonderful Laotian client who was strong enough to leave her abuser and work with us to get a VAWA-based green card. After this success, she moved to California to be with extended family. This year, we kept the progress rolling and worked tirelessly through the language and geographical barriers to get her daughter an immigrant visa to come to the U.S. to be with her mom. Her daughter is due to arrive in the U.S. at the beginning of 2017! Mom and daughter, who has a health issue, have been separated for five years and it is such a sweet feeling to know that soon she will have her daughter with her for every moment moving forward. I am so very happy for them, and proud that we turned an awful abusive situation into a success story for this woman and her daughter. This is honestly why I wanted to become a lawyer—to help people navigate our legal system.
We want to extend a special thank you to staff and leadership at Kansas City Metro area domestic violence shelters, SAFEHOME and HopeHouse, for partnering with us in bringing legal status to immigrant survivors.