NIWAP Newsletter • VAWA Confidentiality • January 2015
The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app) is pleased to announce a series of newsletters specialized by topic that we are developing in our capacity as national technical assistance providers under our Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, grant.
This newsletter, the first in our series, is devoted to the special federal VAWA confidentiality protections designed to help protect immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes. This newsletter will provide you with up to date information about: VAWA confidentiality law, its protections against deportation, reliance on perpetrator provider information, limitations on immigration enforcement, and protections against disclosure of even the existence of the VAWA confidentiality protected case, with very limited exceptions. Throughout this and each of our future newsletters you will find links to: statutes, government policies and regulations, legislative history, training manuals, materials, and toolkits and other relevant information to better assist you in your work with immigrant crime victims.
In this Issue:
- Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) Special Immigration VAWA Confidentiality Protections for Immigrant Survivors and Types of Immigrants Eligible for VAWA Confidentiality Disclosure Limitations
- VAWA Confidentiality Protections for Eligible Immigrants
- Penalties for Violating VAWA Confidentiality and Examples of Violations
- Exceptions to VAWA Confidentiality
- Reporting Violations to DHS
- DHS Memos Implementing VAWA Confidentiality Protections
- Additional Materials on VAWA Confidentiality
- VAWA Confidentiality, History, Purpose, and Violations
- VAWA Confidentiality Overview, Anticipating Violations and Preparing Complaints
- Service Provider VAWA Confidentiality: Best Practices & Responses when Prohibited Location Violations Occur
- Legislative History of VAWA (94, 00, 05), T and U-Visas, Battered Spouse Waiver, and VAWA Confidentiality
NIWAP offers technical assistance to advocates, attorneys, judges, court staff, police, prosecutors, social services and health care providers, and others working with immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. To submit your questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202-274-4457.