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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In This Issue:
- Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) Expansion of Access to Legal Services for Survivors
- Expansion of Eligibility for Legal Services in LSC Regulations and LSC Program Letter 14-3
- What Kind of Legal Services Can Battered Immigrants and Immigrant Survivors of Crime Receive Regardless of Immigration Status?
- Who is Eligible to Receive Legal Services Under the Anti-Abuse Laws?
- Representation of Battered Immigrants, Immigrant Child Abuse Victims and Unaccompanied Minors
- Access to Legal Services by Survivors of Human Trafficking: Three Distinct Paths
- Presence Requirement for Access to Legal Services
- Additional Expansions to Legal Services Eligibility
- How LSC Funded Agencies Can Effectively Implement the New Regulation
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 email@example.com 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.