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

Spanish translation of 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.

VAWA Confidentiatlity Protections for Immigrant Crime Victims in the Context of Immigration Enforcement

The Three Prongs of VAWA Confidentiality Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking and Other U Visa Criminal Activities VAWA confidentiality was designed to enhance protection for immigrant crime victims in several significant ways.  It allows victims to confidentially file for immigration relief under by prohibiting government agencies (DHS, the Department […]

[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 […]

NIWAP Newsletter – January 2015: VAWA Confidentiality

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 […]

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 and […]

[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] Form I-918 (+)

Form I-918 should be filed by victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, felonious assault, trafficking, or other serious crimes in order to petition for immigration relief. The form expires on January 31, 2016, however, it will remain in force until an updated form is issued.

[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.

[docx] DHS Enforcement Priorities: Policies and Memoranda Information for State Court Judges (February 11, 2017) (+)

DHS Enforcement Priorities: Policies and Memoranda Information for State Court Judges. These DHS enforcement policies protect T and U visa holders as well as VAWA self- petitioners; however, they also apply in any family case where a foreign born person comes before the court.2 The purpose of this bench card is to inform courts about DHS protections available to all immigrants so that the court can assess cases with an understanding of real policies and see official memoranda describing the intended protections available.

[pdf] HUD VAWA Self-Petitioner Cover Letter (December 22, 2016) (+)

Cover letter to memo from HUD Acting General Counsel to Secretary Castro clarifying that certain immigrant victims battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent spouses have satisfactory immigration status to apply for and access Section 214 public and assisted housing including public and multifamily housing.

[pdf] Eligibility of VAWA Self-Petitioners for Financial Assistance Under Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980 (December 15, 2016) (+)

This memo from HUD’s Acting General Council to Secretary Castro clarifies HUD’s position on the rights of certain noncitizens who are battered or subject to extreme cruelty by a spouse or parent, who is a Untied States Citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR), to apply for and receive assistance under Section 214 of the Housing and Communality Development Act. Specifically it clarifies that VAWA self-petitioners can indicate they are in “satisfactory immigration status” when applying for assistance or continued assistance from Section 214-covered housing providers (this includes public and multifamily housing). Under this memo VAWA self-petitioners, VAWA cancellation of removal, VAWA suspension of deportation and approved family based visa petition applicants who have been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent are able to stay in public and assisted housing units when the abuser is removed from the unit by a protection order and will also be able to apply for 214 benefits. Battered immigrant spouses and children of citizens and lawful permanent residents will no longer be subject to proration.

[pdf] ICE OPLA VAWA Confidentiality and Immigration Relief for Crime Victims Training (November 11, 2016) (+)

This notice reports on the trainings conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Principal Legal Advisor on VAWA Confidentiality and immigration protections for victims for ICE Assistant chief counsel and Enforcement and removal officers. The goal of this training was to ensure that all ICE Trial Attorneys and the Assistant Chief Counsel they report to are aware of the requirements of VAWA confidentiality and the protections available to immigrant crime victims under the VAWA, T visa, and U visa programs and under the 2011 Victim Witness Memo. The document lists the process for contacting the ICE Office of Chief Counsel for problems with particular cases and the point of contact at OPLA on VAWA confidentiality.

[pdf] National Findings on University and College Responses to Foreign-born Student Victims (October 27, 2016) (+)

This document discusses the findings of a survey conducted focusing on foreign-born students who are victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, and sexual harassment. The students surveyed were: undocumented, DACA, F/M/J visa holders, VAWA/ U/ T visa holders, or lawful permanent residents.

[pdf] National Findings on University and College Responses to Foreign-born Student Victims (October 27, 2016) (+)

This document discusses the results of a survey conducted on foreign-born student-victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, and sexual harassment. It looks at the types of individuals and organizations that these victims approach for help and suggests ways to improve reporting. The students surveyed were either: undocumented, have DACA, have F/J/M visas, have VAWA/ U/ T visas, or are lawful permanent residents.

[pdf] Interim and Supportive Measures to Help and Protect Foreign Born Student Victims of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Stalking and Sexual Harassment (October 28, 2016) (+)

This document suggests various interim measures for colleges, universities, high-schools, elementary schools, and other educational institutions to utilize when assisting foreign born students who have been victims of sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking. This discusses the types of interim measures that would be useful for students with varying immigration statuses, including: F, M, and J visa holders, DACA, VAWA, T and U visa, and undocumented students.

Evidence Checklists

Checklists of evidence for various immigration benefits needs. T-Visa Document and Evidence Checklist  U Visa Evidence Checklist  Evidence List for Immigrant Victims Applying for the Crime Victim Visa (U-Visa)  Evidence Checklist for Immigrant Victims Applying for VAWA Cancellation of Removal (English) 2008  Self-Petitioning Checklist (Spanish) 2008 Listas de Documentos para Mujeres Maltratadas Immigration Protection Screening […]

Reasons why DACA can help immigrant crime victims

Summary of reasons why DACA can be beneficial for certain immigrant crime victims. Many immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking who are eligible to apply for immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)–and their derivatives–also qualify for the new deferred action program […]

Trafficking Victims Protection Act and Reauthorization Acts

Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008: Statute (As Enacted) Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008, H.R. 7311 (Analysis of Selected Sections (§§ 105, 201, 204, 205, 211, 212, 238) Prepared by Legal Momentum) Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2005 Trafficking Victims Protection and […]

[pdf] Regulatory History: Prosecutorial Discretion (10-24-05) (+)

Early DHS memos on prosecutorial discretion memo superseded by ” Civil Immigration Enforcement: Guidance on the Use of Detainers in the Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Criminal Justice Systems” (November 29, 2014) available at http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/imm-gov-icememodetainerpolicy-12-21-12/

[pdf] VAWA Reauthorization 2013 Changes to U Visa and Adjustment of Status (+)

Interim Guidance policy memorandum implementing VAWA 2013 statutory changes to the U visa program. This memo adds new crimes, discusses age out protections for U visa children, the public charge exception for VAWAs, Ts and Us, U visa adjustment of status improvements, and access to foster care and unaccompanied refugee minor programs for certain u visa recipients.

[pdf] USCIS Implements VAWA Cuban Adjustment Act Amendments Providing Continuing Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children (+)

USCIS issued this 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 and children of Cubans who have applied for lawful permanent residency under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) or who qualified under the CAA but obtained lawful permanent residency thought another type of immigration case. To qualify an abused immigrant must be the spouse/child of a Cuban national described in the CAA. When the Cuban spouse meets these conditions: the abused spouse/child may self petition for lawful permanent residency even if they are separated from the abuser and if still married to the abusive Cuban spouse or if less than two years have passed since the abusive Cuban spouse’s death or the termination of their marriage to the abused spouse.

[pdf] Response to Recommendations on Parole for Eligible U Visa Principal and Derivative Petitioners Residing Abroad (+)

“USCIS plans to implement a policy for principal U visa petitioners on the waiting list who reside abroad and any qualifying derivative family members who reside abroad to request parole to enter the United States while the principal U visa petitioner is on the waiting list. USCIS recognizes that the U visa provides lawful immigration status to a vulnerable population, and USCIS believes that this population will be better served through an established and streamlined process to request parole.”