[pdf] Glossary of Terms for Work with Immigrant Survivors (November 15, 2017) (+)

This glossary of terms is designed to assist judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and attorneys working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, dating violence and human trafficking. It covers terms commonly used in cases involving immigrant survivors and their children including immigration, family law and public benefits matters.

Training Tools for Prosecutors on the U Visa, VAWA and Criminal Court Discovery (November 8, 2017)

AEquitas, The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Center, American University, Washington College of Law have created tools for prosecutors working on cases involving immigrant crime victims.  The development of these tools was funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. What’s Immigration Status Got […]

Training Materials – What do State Courts Need to Know about Immigration and Why: Human Trafficking and Family Violence (Rockford, Illinois)

November 3, 2017 in Rockford, Illinois Training Materials Slideshow: Rockford Training_What do State Courts Need to Know about Immigration and Why_Slides Faculty Biographies: Faculty Biographies_Rockford IL 11.3.17   Immigration Relief for Crime Victims and Children      Know Your Rights Information DHS Interactive Infographic on Protections for Immigrant Victims http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/dhs-protections1-6-links-121516 Immigration Options for Victims of Crime -DHS […]

[pdf] DHS Protections for Immigrant Victims – Chinese (+)

DHS Protections for Immigrant Victims – Chinese 对遭受犯罪行为侵害的移民的保护

[pdf] DHS PROTEÇÕES PARA VÍTIMAS IMIGRANTES – (Protections for Immigrant Victims) [pdf] (+)

O Departamento de Segurança Interna produziu uma infográfico que fornece um resumo das proteções legais para vítimas de crimes que são adultos e crianças. Este infográfico fornece proteção de imigração para vítimas de abuso nos Estados Unidos e / ou no exterior. As formas de alívio são: VAWA, visto U, visto T, presença contínua, status […]

Winning Custody Cases for Immigrant Survivors: the Clash of Laws, Cultures, Custody and Parental Rights (2017)

Veronica T. Thronson, Carole Angel, Soraya Fata, Rocio Molina, Benish Anver, Kalli Wells and Leslye E. Orloff, Winning Custody Cases for Immigrant Survivors: The Clash of Laws, Cultures, Custody and Parental Rights.  9 Fam. & Intimate Partner Violence Q. 2-3, 1-169 (2017) This article discusses a wide range of topics that arise in custody cases […]

California’s U Visa Certification Law (Penal Code Section 679.10)

California’s Immigrant Victims of Crime Equity Act (SB 674; California Penal Code Section 679.10) became law on January 1, 2017. Implementing policy for the California Attorney General: New and Existing State and Federal Laws Protecting Immigrant Victims of Crime October 28, 2015. Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) Publications on California’s U Visa Certification Law ILRC fact […]

Trafficking FAQs

Identifying Trafficking I am not sure if my client is a trafficking victim. What should I be looking for? Identifying a trafficking victim is complicated, particularly because of the misconceptions about human trafficking. The following is the definition of a severe form of trafficking in persons under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA): Sex trafficking […]

[pdf] The Department of Homeland Security’s Interactive Infographic on Protections for Immigrant Victims (+)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an infographic detailing the protections afforded to immigrant victims. This interactive infographic describes qualifications and benefits for each form of immigration relief designed to help immigrant victims. When you click on each form of relief, a link takes you to a DHS webpage with further information, brochures and […]

Police Executive Research Forum’s Summer 2017 Newsletter Article: “U Visas and the Role of Local Police in Preventing and Investigating Crimes Against Immigrants”

The Police Executive Research Forum’s summer 2017 newsletter,Subject to Debate, contains a wealth of information on immigration issues and is available here: http://www.policeforum.org/assets/docs/Subject_to_Debate/Debate2017/debate_2017_junaug.pdf.  With support from the Carnegie Corporation, this special issue pays particular attention to the police role in U Visas. Our article explores the potential for using the U Visa to build trust with […]

A Guide to Obtaining U Visa Certifications Practice Advisory (July 2017)

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has produced a great resource on U visa certification that includes an overview of state U visa laws and pending legislation.  “This practice advisory outlines some suggestions and resources for immigration advocates working with law enforcement agencies to obtain law enforcement certification for U Visa applicants.  It also includes a […]

[pdf] Febuary 2017 Newsletter (+)

In this issue: – DHS Interactive Infographic on Protections for Immigrant Victims – Department of Housing and Urban Development’s VAWA Self-Petitioner Verification Procedures – Upcoming Webinar Training: Immigrant Access to Federally Funded Housing

[pdf] Re: PM-602-0110: VAWA Amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children (+)

NIWAP’s response in support of the memo that included comments for further clarification and instructions regarding the adjudication of such applications. USCIS issued a policy memorandum implementing the provisions of VAWA 2005 and 2000 granting continuing eligibility to apply for lawful permanent residency without the help or knowledge of their abusive spouse to abused spouses […]

[pdf] U Visa Law Enforcement Certification Resource Guide for Federal, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Law Enforcement (January 2012) (+)

This is the original version of the U visa resource guide published by DHS it is available on the DHS website at http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/dhs_u_visa_certification_guide.pdf. It was updated in 2015 to include more information to address questions certifiers were commonly asking for clarification from DHS and to expand the guide to be more useful to judicial certifiers and certifiers from state and federal government agencies who were not police or prosecutors. The updated version of this guide is available at http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/dhs-updated-u-certification-resource-guide-2015/

[pdf] Discussion Paper: Model Policy U Visa Certification (May 2016) (+)

This proposed model policy discussion paper was developed under a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and in consultation with law enforcement leadership from multiple jurisdictions and with input from officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please also review the Proposed Model Policy that accompanies this Discussion Paper.

[pdf] Proposed Model U Visa Policy (+)

This proposed model policy was developed under a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and in consultation with law enforcement leadership from multiple jurisdictions and with input from officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please also review the discussion paper that accompanies this Model policy.

[pdf] Department of Homeland Security: U Visa Immigration Relief for Victims of Certain Crimes: An Overview for Law Enforcement (February 2017) (+)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a tool that provides an overview for law enforcement and other government agencies (including judges) authorized by the U Visa statutes, regulations and policies to sign U visa certifications. The overview describes the role of a certifier, what constitutes U Visa criminal activity, which government agencies are eligible to certify, who can sign a certification, when a certification may be signed, tips for completing the certification, and includes phone numbers, websites and resources available to assist certifiers from DHS and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

[pdf] U Visa Toolkit for Law Enforcement Agencies and Prosecutors (+)

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.

[pdf] Hawaii Materials Benefits-Confidentiality Training (March 15, 2017) (+)

Materials list covering the following topics: Legal Rights Overview and Brochures; Access to Public Benefits and Services for Immigrant Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims; Child Care; Drivers’ Licenses; Education; Health Care; Shelter and Transitional Housing; Public and Assisted Housing; LIHEAP; Non-Work Social Security Numbers; Public Charge and Immigrant Victims; TANF; VAWA Confidentiality; Legal Services Representation of Immigrant Victims; and Immigrant Victim’s Immigration Options

Webinar-Immigrant Crime Victim Access to Federally Assisted Housing (February 22, 2017)

Training materials and Power Point Webinar Recording Immigrant Crime Victims Access to Federally Assisted Housing (February 22, 2017) Webinar Slideshow NHLP & NIWAP, PowerPoint Slides for Webinar: Immigrant Access to Federally Assisted Housing (Feb. 22, 2017) Full training materials packet NHLP and NIWAP Info Packet with Power Point Slides and Materials (Feb. 22, 2017) Transitional […]

[pdf] Slides Webinar Immigrant Victim Access Federally Assisted Housing (February 22, 2017) (+)

PowerPoint presentation slides for the webinar on access to public and assisted housing, shelter and transitional housing for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, trafficking, abused and abandoned immigrant children and immigrant homeless. The document included the PowerPoint presentation and the cover list of documents distributed with the webinar.

[pdf] DHS Proteccions Para Las Víctimas Inmigrantes (Protections for Immigrant Victims)(Marzo 1, 2017) (+)

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional ha producido una infografía que provee un resumen de protecciones legales para víctimas de crimen quien son adultos y niños. Esta infografía provee protección sobre inmigración para víctimas que sufren abuso en los estados unidos y/o en el extranjero. Las formas de alivio son: VAWA auto petición, Visa U, Visa T, Presencia Continua, Estado Especial de Inmigrante Juvenil (SIJS) y Asilo. Esta infografía tiene enlaces al sitio de web de DHS con materiales de entrenamiento e información sobre estos programas, formas de aplicaciones e instrucciones producido por el gobierno.

[pdf] USCIS Policy Manual Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (Dec 14 2016) (+)

This document is the training manual developed by USCIS used by USCIS officials responsible for adjudicating Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Webinar: Early Identification of Victims and VAWA Confidentiality (February 24, 2017)

Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make victims less likely to seek protection. For this reason, it is important for advocates to understand how to: help immigrant survivors become aware of their rights; identify special immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; and how to prepare […]

VAWA Confidentiality Protections for Immigrant Crime Victims (March 3, 2017)

The Three Prongs of VAWA Confidentiality and Courthouse Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking and Other U Visa Criminal Activities (March 3, 2017) By: Leslye E. Orloff VAWA confidentiality was designed to enhance protection for immigrant crime victims in several significant ways.  It allows victims to confidentially file for immigration relief […]

[pdf] US DOJ Memo Case Processing Priorities 01 31 2017 (+)

This memorandum serves to rescind the February 3, 2016, memorandum (“Revised Docketing Practices Relating to Certain EOIR Priority Cases”) and the March 24, 2015, memorandum (“Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases and Adults with Children Released on Alternatives to Detention Cases in Light of New Priorities”).

Spouses Battered or Subjected to Extreme Cruelty by A, E (3), H or G Visa Holders Are Eligible to Apply for Work Authorization (February 14, 2017)

February 14, 2017  Announcement from NIWAP and Raksha USCIS is now accepting  employment authorization applications from abused immigrant spouses of H, G, A and E (3) visa holders. The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 amended Section 106 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide access to legal work authorization for abused spouses of […]

[pdf] USCIS Memo: Eligibility for Employment Authorization for Battered Spouses of Certain Nonimmigrants (March 8, 2016) (+)

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service USCIS revisions to adjudicators manual and policy memo implementing VAWA 2005’s creation of access to work authorization for immigrant spouses and children subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by their work visa holder (A, E(3), G or H) spouse or parent.

Evidence Checklists For Work With Immigrant Survivors (February 11, 2017)

NIWAP has developed a number of checklists that assist attorneys and advocates working with immigrant survivors to prepare for a variety of legal cases on behalf of immigrant survivors.  Some of the following checklists are geared toward preparing to accompany a victim who will be applying for state or federal public benefits that the victim […]

[pdf] Pathways to Immigration Relief for Students (June 20, 2014) (+)

Brochure discussing the various forms of immigration relief that lead to lawful permanent residency that may be available for immigrant children and youth. This tool should be used by advocates, attorneys, teachers, school personnel and university staff to screen children and young people for forms of immigration relief that includes pathways to lawful permanent residency.

Tools for Advocates Assisting Immigrant Crime Victims in Immigration Cases

Identifying Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors How to Prepare Your Case Through A Trauma Informed Approach: Tips on Using the Trauma Informed Structured Interview Questionnaires for Family Court Cases Developing a survivor’s story is a critical component of preparing for any case in which a client has a history of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, […]

Sample DACA Application & Biometrics Letter

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) materials from Public Counsel – Sample biometrics letter, closing letter, and sample DACA application. Public Counsel Sample Biometrics Letter For DACA Applicants Sample biometrics letter explaining how a DACA applicant should go about completing a CIS biometrics request and what to do if s/he is turned away by the Application Support Center. Public Counsel Sample DACA […]

[pdf] BIA Amius Brief on Recent Research Concerning the Neurobiological, Cognitive, and Psychological Development of Children and Adolescents (July 11, 2016) (+)

This Amicus brief was submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals and addresses an important issue presented by Amicus Invitation No. I 6-06-09, focusing on how the term “minor” should be defined and understood by the Board in child asylum cases in light of the substantial body of recent research concerning the neurobiological, cognitive, and psychological development of children and adolescents. This brief will focus on the significant and deleterious effect trauma and
maltreatment have on that development, including the impact of impaired development on the readiness of child migrants to file asylum applications.

[pdf] DHS Infographic: Protections for Immigrant Victims (January 12, 2017) (+)

Infographic produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security providing an overview of crime victim based legal protections for adult and child immigrant victims. This infographic covers immigration relief for victims who suffer victimization in the U.S. and/or abroad. The forms of relief covered are: VAWA self-petition, U visa, T visa, Continued Presence, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and Asylum. The infographic contains links to DHS websites containing additional government produced training materials and information on these programs, application forms and instructions.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Interactive Infographic on Protections for Immigrant Victims

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an infographic detailing the protections afforded to immigrant victims. This interactive infographic describes qualifications and benefits for each form of immigration relief designed to help immigrant victims.   When you click on each form of relief, a link takes you to a DHS webpage with further information, brochures […]

[pdf] Form I-730 (+)

Form I-730 must be filed by petitioners seeking immigration relief for refugee or asylee relatives. This form expires on April 30, 2017, however, it remains current until an updated form is released.

[pdf] Form I-589 (+)

Form I-589 must be filed by petitioners seeking asylum. This form expired on December 31, 2016, however, it remains current until an updated version is issued.

[pdf] T Visa Declaration (Certification) I-914 Supplement B Instructions (January 18, 2017) (+)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services T Visa Declaration (Certification ) Form for use by law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and other government agencies in assisting victims of human trafficking filing T visa applications. The Declaration provides helpful evidence in support of the trafficking victim’s application for a T visa.

[pdf] I-360 Form (+)

The I-360 form is to be filed by victims of domestic violence perpetrated by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent or U.S. citizen adult son or daughter to receive immigration relief. This form expires on 3/31/18, however, this form will remain in effect until a new form is issued.