Uncontested Divorce Pro Bono Screening Project

Thank you for volunteering with Sanctuary’s Uncontested Divorce (UD) Pro Bono Screening Project!  Survivors who

Thank you for volunteering with Sanctuary’s Uncontested Divorce (UD) Pro Bono Screening Project!  Survivors who would like to obtain an uncontested divorce with assistance from Sanctuary and our Law School Uncontested Divorce clinic must first have a phone screening with an attorney, who collects relevant client and case information and who helps the client determine if they are eligible to file for an uncontested divorce in New York.    This resource page contains materials and information for pro bono attorneys volunteering with the UD Screening Project and conducting these client screening calls.

The phone screenings take approximately one hour to complete so please set aside the appropriate amount of time to complete the intake form with the client and make any follow-up notes for the Sanctuary attorney.  When the intake form is complete please email the form to mmorillo@sffny.org with the subject line “UDP Referral.”

Asylum

It is important to gather evidence to support your client’s request for asylum. Examples of

It is important to gather evidence to support your client’s request for asylum. Examples of supporting evidence include factual affidavits from your client and corroborating witnesses (individuals who can confirm crucial information relating to your client’s case, such as  identity, activities, and/or persecution) and documentary evidence (such as identity documents, and/or documents confirming your client’s activities, affiliations,  persecution, or other critical facts).  It is also important to include well documented research on the conditions in your client’s home country that relate to their persecution.

ImportantUSCIS changes it immigration forms often.  Before submitting any immigration application always check with the USCIS web site to make sure you have the most current version of the immigration form.  Please also always triple-check the correct filing fee at the USCIS website before filing. We also strongly recommend you refer to this page for guidance on filing forms to USCIS to ensure that your application does not get rejected.