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Current Immigration Policies & Domestic Violence Reporting

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 94 minutes
Recorded Date: October 16, 2019
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  • Trends in Domestic Violence Reporting
  • Relevant Changes in Immigration Policy
  • Affect on Prosecution of Domestic Violence
  • Survivor's Perspective
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
Recorded: October 16, 2019


Learn about the current administration's immigration policies and the impact of those policies on reporting and prosecution of domestic violence crimes.

This program was recorded on October 16th, 2019.

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Shannon Archer

Assistant Attorney
Polk County Attorney's Office

Shannon Archer is an Assistant Polk County Attorney in the Domestic Abuse Unit in Des Moines, Iowa. She prosecutes offenders charged with Domestic Abuse, Stalking, and Sexual Abuse. Shannon currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is actively involved in training local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges.

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Grace Huang

Policy Director
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Grace Huang, J.D., is the Policy Director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a national organization providing technical assistance, training, research, and policy advocacy on issues facing victims of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. For 25 years, Ms. Huang has advocated on behalf of domestic and sexual violence survivors, providing direct legal representation, and in state and federal legislative and regulatory policy arenas.

Prior to her position at API-GBV, Ms. Huang led the public policy program at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, working to advance the interests of survivors of domestic violence at the state level through her work on statewide domestic violence services legislation, and administrative court policies, including housing and homelessness legislation, unemployment compensation, employment leave, victim-advocate privilege, confidentiality and privacy, and protections for victims in the child welfare, public assistance, criminal law and civil protection order systems. In addition, Ms. Huang served as the editor of the 2016 Washington State Domestic Violence Manual for Judges. Ms. Huang has worked on federal legislative and administrative policies to address the needs of victims, including on immigration, economic security, and the Violence Against Women Act, the Family Violence Services and Prevention Act, and the Victims of Crime Act.

Prior to focusing on public policy issues facing survivors of gender-based violence, Ms. Huang practiced immigration law in private law practice, and prior to that, represented low-income individuals in family law, domestic violence, immigration, and economic support matters in Southwest Washington. Ms. Huang currently serves on the steering committee member of the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She serves on the Washington State Women’s Commission, as well as the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission of the Washington Supreme Court. She is a 2015 recipient of an American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence 20/20 Vision award, the 2013 University of Washington School of Law Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Law Women’s Caucus, and a 2008 inductee of the UW Law School Public Interest Law Association Hall of Fame. She was recognized by the Washington State Bar Family Law Section as “Professional” of the year in 2005, and received the 2000 Cynthia Gillespie Award from the Northwest Women’s Law Center recognizing her work advancing legal rights for women, and in 1999, along with her colleagues received the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project "Golden Door Award" for her advocacy on behalf of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

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Brandon L. Wolff


Brandon Lee Wolff represents clients in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. His practice focuses on the representation of creditors and committees in bankruptcy proceedings, national lenders in contested foreclosure matters in New York, and creditors in collection and replevin cases in Florida. Brandon also has experience in healthcare law including drafting policies related to HIPAA, clinical research, record retention, advance directives, patients’ rights, peer review and ambulatory surgery centers. Brandon serves on the Seton Hall Law Alumni Council and holds leadership positions with multiple bar associations.

Brandon completed a clerkship with The Honorable Garry S. Rothstadt in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division and completed internships with three federal judges, the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Attorney's Office. He previously served as a Law Clerk at McCarter & English, the North Jersey Media Group, Summit Medical Group and Summit Health Management.

Brandon received a Certificate in Healthcare Compliance and graduated cum laude (Top 11%) from Seton Hall Law with a Concentration in Health Law. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Seton Hall Health Law Outlook, Articles Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal and a member of the school’s Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board and Mock Trial Board. He participated in the school's Impact Litigation Clinic, the Civil Rights & Constitutional Litigation Clinic, and the Southern District of New York's Representation in Mediation Practicum.

Brandon was a National McCabe Scholar at Swarthmore College where he received the Deans' Award for Sustained Contributions to the Swarthmore Community. Brandon was valedictorian of his high school class, founded an anti-violence organization and was recognized as the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards top high school volunteer in Pennsylvania.

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Ann Ratnayake Macy

Executive Director
National Center for Child Abuse Statistics and Policy

Ann is the Executive Director of the National Center for Child Abuse Statistics and Policy. NCCASP produces improved outcomes in child abuse cases by introducing innovation in law, technology, and science into the U.S. child protection system. NCCASP’s current campaign focuses on closing the gap in state criminal codes for cases of child torture.

Prior to NCCASP, Ann spent nearly a decade working at the National District Attorneys Association’s Child Abuse Unit as a senior staff attorney where she functioned as a subject matter expert on cases, and liaison between state prosecutors and federally funded child abuse initiatives. She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and the District of Columbia.

She graduated from Texas A&M University, and from Baylor University Law School. Ann is a co-chair of the ABA victim’s committee, serves on the Criminal Justice Council and Commission on Youth at Risk, and is a Presidential Leadership Scholar Class of 2018.

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