Manuals

Manuals and training curricula.

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers is a comprehensive tool that provides information that will be useful to advocates, attorneys, justice, and social services professionals working with and assisting immigrant survivors of domestic and family violence. This Manual provides a detailed overview explanation of immigrant survivors’ legal rights under immigration, family, public benefits, and criminal laws and their rights to access a broad range of victim services without regard to immigration status of the immigrant crime victim or their children. Breaking Barriers provides social science research findings, information about laws, policies and best practices, legislative history, tools and checklists that will help professionals working with immigrant survivors navigate intersecting legal and social services options that are legally available to assist all immigrant victims including those who are undocumented.

Empowering Survivors

This is a comprehensive tool that provides information that will be useful to advocates, attorneys, justice, and social services professionals working with and assisting immigrant survivors of sexual assault. This manual will help advocates and professionals expand their knowledge and capacity to aid immigrant victims of sexual assault in accessing justice under federal and state civil, immigration, public benefits, social services, language access legal services and criminal laws in the United States. The goal is to help provide resources, assistance, and support to help immigrant victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment recover, heal, and rebuild their lives. The chapter and tools included in this manual may also be useful to advocates, attorneys, and social services professionals working with immigrant victims of domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Manual

This publication was developed as part of a collaborative effort by several American Bar Association entities aiming to provide attorneys with leadership and training to better represent victims of human trafficking.

Public Benefits Manual

This is a comprehensive tool that provides information relating to public benefits. This manual is composed of chapters and training tools providing overview of immigrant crime victims’ legal rights to services and public benefits, programs open to all without regard to immigration status, federal public benefits (by topic), state benefits comparison charts (by topic), drivers licenses and Social Security numbers, screening and eligibility, and additional government documents relevant to access to public benefits and services for immigrant crime victims.

 

Training Manual for Courts

Office on Violence Against Women and State Justice Institute funded training manual for judges, magistrates, commissioners, and court personnel on the legal rights of immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. These materials also address issues that arise in state court cases involving immigrant children and immigrant parents. Included in these training materials are the U visa certification toolkit for courts.

U Visa Certification Toolkit for Federal, State, and Local Judges, and Magistrates

This helpful, informative U visa certification tool kit for courts covers materials on topics such as: what is the role of judges in U visa certification, U visa quick references for judges, U visa certification introduction, U visa application flow chart, judges and the U visa certification requirement, U visa statutory and regulatory background, frequently asked questions, redacted I-918 supplement B ( U visa certification), form I-918 supplement B (sample judges’ certification), and resource.

Training Manual for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office on Violence Against Women funded training manual for law enforcement and prosecutors on U visa certification and language access. Includes the U Visa Certification Toolkit.  Includes the DHS Resource Guide on T and U Visa Certification, DHS resources and materials, U Visa certification forms, webinars, podcasts, materials discussing how the U visa helps law enforcement as a crime fighting tool, screening tools, best practices for language access when responding to calls for service at incidents, and where to call for technical assistance from a national team of law enforcement experts.

U Visa Certification Toolkit for Law Enforcement Agencies and Prosecutors

Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office on Violence Against Women funded toolkit. By providing U‐visa certifications, law enforcement officials add to their arsenal of crime fighting tools because victims feel safer coming forward to report crimes. This document provides the following background information on the U‐visa: an overview of the U‐visa and a section on law enforcement officials and the U‐visa certification. The section on law enforcement officials includes who qualifies for a U‐visa, which criminal activities are covered by the U‐visa, the application process, and other information that will assist law enforcement in their role as certifiers.

Toolkit for Adult Protective Services’ Use of The U-Visa

Office on Violence Against Women funded toolkit.Toolkit focusing on the U-Visa as well as an introduction to other options which may be available to immigrant adults you come across in your work. Having an awareness of these options can help you identify the best options available for immigrant victims you encounter.

Somewhere to Turn

A comprehensive manual covering topics such as: domestic violence and battered immigrant issues, cultural competency training, cross-cultural interviewing, recruiting and hiring multilingual and multicultural staff, shelter protocols, outreach and community collaboration, shelter access for battered immigrant women, VAWA immigration cases and victim advocacy confidentiality, creative use of protection orders, protections orders enforcement and criminal prosecution, access to public benefits, verification and reporting requirements under the U.S. Attorney General’s guidance and order, and model programs.

TANF Eligibility

Health and Human Services Funded training manual.  The goal of this training manual is to provide a background for TANF eligibility workers on qualified alien battered immigrant access to TANF. It will also provide direction to TANF workers on how to assess battered immigrant eligibility for TANF following the Guidance issued by the Attorney General of the United States setting out a four step process for making eligibility determinations in cases of battered immigrants and other immigrants applying for public benefits. This pilot training manual will focus only on TANF eligibility workers on qualified alien battered immigrants. Addressing each of the major benefits programs (e.g. Medicaid, SCHIP, Food Stamps, Public Housing) is beyond the scope of this training manual, and is an endeavor that we hope to undertake in the future once this pilot TANF training manual has been field tested, updated, revised, and published in its final form. However, because battered immigrant women and children who qualify for TANF will also likely qualify for other federal public benefits, including other federal means tested public benefits, we will discuss some of those programs basic requirements at appropriate points in this manual.