NIWAP Newsletter – June 2016: LSC Regulations



NIWAP Newsletter         LSC Regulations           June 2016

Legal advocacy services provide crucial support for survivors of violence against women.  These services assist survivors in rebuilding their lives and the lives of their children and achieving a life free of abuse. Over the past two decades, congressional recognition of the central role legal services plays in enabling survivors to attain social, emotional, and economic wellbeing has led to the continuous expansion of access to federally funded legal services for  survivors of violence, particularly in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA). This expansion has included providing access to free legal services from programs funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other U visa qualifying criminal activities. LSC implemented this expansion in a regulation issued in April 2014 and in a program letter issued on October 30, 2014. This regulation implemented VAWA 2005’s expansion of access to legal services to battered immigrants and immigrant crime victims. This newsletter will highlight the expansion in eligibility implemented by the regulation, presence requirements, legal services available to battered immigrants and immigrant crime victims, and suggestions for effective implementation in the field.

Feel free to contact NIWAP ( or 202-247-4457) with any questions on the LSC regulation and immigrant crime victims’ legal eligibility for access to government funded legal assistance. More information regarding access to legal services is also available in the NIWAP web library.

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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 or call us at 202-274-4457.

This publication is supported by grant number  2015-TA-AX-K043 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, office on Violence Against Women.