Asylum and Immigration

ASYLUM

Through our asylum program, we represent individuals from all over the world fleeing political, religious, sexual orientation or gender-based persecution in their home countries.

Much of our asylum program is conducted as part of a clinic in partnership with Columbia Law School. As part of the clinic, two of our lawyers instruct Columbia law students on assisting clients in asylum proceedings and the students work together with teams of Davis Polk lawyers to represent clients in their claims for asylum.

BY THE NUMBERS
  • Since the clinic’s inception in 1997, we have represented nearly 200 clients seeking asylum and succeeded in every case.

U VISAS AND VAWA SELF PETITIONS

In conjunction with Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, Davis Polk lawyers represent victims of domestic violence in their applications for U non-immigration visas. A U Visa permits an immigrant crime victim who assists in the investigation and prosecution of the crime to remain in and work legally in the United States for up to four years. After three years, our clients are eligible to adjust to permanent resident status.

In addition, our lawyers assist victims of domestic violence in filing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions to permit them to obtain permanent resident status independent of their battering spouses.

Furthering our work with Sanctuary for Families, we assist victims of human trafficking with immigration-related legal services.  

BY THE NUMBERS
  • Since we began assisting crime victims obtain U Visas in 2008, we have helped more than 220 clients.