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 […]

VAWA Confidentiality Protections Training Materials

Legal Rights Overviews and Brochures  Multilingual Materials for Victims and Advocates DHS Infographic: Protection for Immigrant Victims (January 12, 2107) Immigration Options for Victims of Crime – DHS Brochure   VAWA Confidentiality: Improving Victim Safety  Webpages and Webinars:  VAWA Confidentiality Protections for Immigrant Crime Victims (Webpage) (February 23, 2017)   VAWA Confidentiality Webinar […]

[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

[pdf] VAWA Confidentiality Statutes, Legislative History and Implementing Policy (2.23.17) (+)

This document contains the full statutory, legislative history, and history of policies issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Office of Principal Legal Advisor at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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 […]

[pdf] Utilizing VAWA Confidentiality Protections in Family and Also Criminal Court Cases (February 17, 2017) (+)

Chapter of a publication on issues that arise in family court cases involving immigrant crime victims pending publication. This chapter discusses VAWA confidentiality protections and their impact in state court proceedings. While the emphasis of the article is on family court cases, the discussion is also useful in criminal court cases. This article discusses the Hawke, Demaj and Koch cases on VAWA confidentiality.

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] 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.

[pdf] Amici Curiae Brief EEOC v Koch Foods (October 22, 2015) (+)

Amicus Brief in a federal employment discrimination case brought by the EEOC and immigrant employees who were victims of sexual assault and other crimes against Koch Foods in Mississippi. The Amicus Brief discusses VAWA confidentiality its legislative history and purpose and argues why VAWA confidentiality protected case files in VAWA self-petition and U visa cases should not be discoverable in an employment civil action. The case cites cases denying discovery in state family and criminal court cases.

[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.

VAWA Confidentiality Webinar

Understanding the Three Safeguards and Limited Discovery Exceptions when Advocating for Survivors in Family and Criminal State Courts. This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K009 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 […]

[pdf] Instruction 002-02-001, Implementation of Section 1367 Information Provisions (+)

DHS VAWA confidentiality implementation instructions that apply to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. These instructions explain in detail the steps DHS officials are required to take to comply with VAWA confidentiality’s bars on reliance on information provided by perpetrators and their family members, bars on immigration enforcement actions at protected locations and bars of release of information about the existence of and information contained in VAWA confidentiality protected cases, including VAWA self-petitions, VAWA cancellation, VAWA suspension of deportation, and T and U visa cases.

[pdf] ICE and OPLA VAWA Confidentiality Memos -FOIA Response (2007) (+)

Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) memorandum on VAWA 2005 Amendments to the Immigration and Naturalization Act and changes made to VAWA confidentiality protections and ICE memorandum on Interim Guidance Relating to Officer Procedure

[pdf] Slides from Right to Privacy: Understanding Immigrant Survivors’ Protections Under VAWA Confidentiality Laws (+)

These slides were presented by Leslye Orloff, Judge Mary Weir, and Commissioner Loretta Young at the Community of Responders: A Holistic Approach to Working with Immigrant Survivors of Abuse in New Orleans, LA on July 30, 2015.

[docx] SJI Training Material – Minnesota (+)

A handout of the material distributed in the judge’s training in Minnesota. Interest in this training arose as a result of our work with judges in Minnesota on U visa certification by judges. Leslye Orloff and Judge Lora Livingston presented at this training in December 2015. NIWAP worked with the Judicial Education Program Manager to identify which areas needed to be addressed and issues the judges were most interested in learning more about.

*Breaking Barriers Table of Contents

Breaking Barriers is a comprehensive manual that provides information that will be useful to advocates, attorneys, justice, and social services professionals working with and assisting immigrant survivors of domestic and family violence. This Manual provides a detailed overview explanation of immigrant survivors’ legal rights under immigration, family, public benefits, and criminal laws and their rights to […]

*Empowering Survivors Table of Contents

This is a comprehensive manual that provides information that will be useful to advocates, attorneys, justice, and social services professionals working with and assisting immigrant survivors of sexual assault. This manual will help advocates and professionals expand their knowledge and capacity to aid immigrant victims of sexual assault in accessing justice under federal and state civil, […]

[pdf] Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Complaint Form (+)

The purpose of this form is to assist you in filing a civil rights/civil liberties complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) regarding DHS programs and activities. This form is not intended to be used for complaints about employment with DHS. You are not required to use this form to file a complaint; a letter with the same information is sufficient. However, if you file a complaint by letter, you should include the same information that is requested in the form.

[pdf] Current State of VAWA and Trafficking Victim Protection Act Implementing Regulations and Policies (+)

The following article provides an up-to-date list of VAWA statutory provisions for which no implementing regulations or policies have been issued. This list is followed by a consequent list of VAWA and Trafficking Victim
Protection Act (TVPA) regulations that were overruled by statute. This report ends with a list of
current regulations that do not reflect expansions of VAWA or TVPA protections that became
law subsequent to the issuance of the regulations.

February 5, 2015: VAWA Confidentiality Webinar

Often, immigrant survivors of abuse may be afraid their abusers will report their lack of status to immigration authorities or that their abusers will refuse to file for status if the victims disclose the violence to law enforcement officials. Congress recognized the unique predicament faced by immigrant survivors and, in response, created alternative paths to legal immigration status and special protections in the form of VAWA confidentiality.

[pdf] Legislative History of VAWA (94, 00, 05), T and U-Visas, Battered Spouse Waiver, and VAWA Confidentiality (+)

This document recounts the legislative history of laws offering protection for victims of domestic violence sexual assault and human trafficking with a particular focus on the immigration relief developed by Congress to protect immigrant survivors.

[pdf] Chapter 03: VAWA Confidentiality: History, Purpose, DHS Implementation, and Violations of VAWA Confidentiality Protections (+)

Chapter in Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault. This chapter contains detailed legislative history on the development and evolution of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality protections under U.S. immigration laws. VAWA’s immigration confidentiality protections accomplish three objectives: 1) preventing DHS, DOJ and the U.S. State Department from relying on information provided by a perpetrator or the perpetrator’s family member to harm victims; 2) barring the release by government officials of information about the existence of, actions taken in, or materials contained in a VAWA confidentiality protected case file; and 3) establishing a list of protected locations at which immigration enforcement actions in cases involving immigrant crime victims are not to take place. This chapter discusses each of these protections in detail and includes statutory and legislative history, regulations and government policies implementing VAWA confidentiality protections. This chapter also contains a discussion of sanctions applicable to DHS, DOJ, and State Department officials when VAWA confidentiality violations occur.

[pdf] Chapter 03.2: VAWA Confidentiality and Breaches of Confidentiality (+)

Battered immigrant women relay extremely sensitive and private information to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS, formerly INS)3 when seeking immigration relief. A batterer in possession of any of this information might use it to locate the battered immigrant spouse and her children and harm them. If he becomes aware that she is seeking immigration status independently of him or planning on leaving him, he might try to seek revenge and might contact the immigration authorities in an attempt to undermine her case or have her deported. For these reasons, confidentiality rules can serve as a potentially lifesaving protection for the victim and her children. A manual of confidentiality and breaches of confidentiality.

[pdf] Three Prongs of VAWA Confidentiality (+)

A brochure summarizing the three prongs of VAWA confidentiality (Disclosure Limitations, Source Limitations, & Enforcement Limitations) for advocates and attorneys, including information on best practices and complaint instructions.

[pdf] Court Rulings Confirm Federal VAWA Confidentiality Protections Bar Discovery of VAWA Confidentiality Protected Information in State Family Court Proceedings (+)

This factsheet provides an introduction to VAWA confidentiality, an overview of the decisions in Hawke v. United States Department of Homeland Security and Demaj v. Sakaj, and implications of the Hawke and Demaj decisions in state family court cases.

January 31, 2014: State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children Webinar

Webcast of State Justice Institute funded training for state court judges of issues that arise in cases of immigrant crime victims and children.

Law Enforcement, Prosecutor and T and U Visa Certifier Training Materials

Most of the documents in this section and the trainings provided to law enforcement and prosecutors listed at the end of this section were supported by grants from the Office on Violence Against Women, The Bureau of Justice Assistance and/or the Training and Technical Assistance Center of the Office of Victims of Crime of the […]

[pdf] Section 809 Eligibility of Crime and Trafficking Victims in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to Adjust Status and Section 810 Disclosure of Information for National Security Purposes (+)

Section 809 of VAWA 2013, defining eligibility of crime and trafficking victims in the commonwealth of the northern Mariana Islands to adjust status and section 810 of VAWA 2013, covering disclosure of information for national security purposes.

[pdf] Amici Curiae Brief of Legal Momentum, Sanctuary for Families, and National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (+)

Legal Momentum, Sanctuary for Families, and National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project submitted this brief on VAWA confidentiality protections as Amici curiae in support of the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in a criminal court case.

[pdf] Confidentiality and Immigrant Victims: Responsibilities of Shelters, Rape Crisis Centers and Victim Services Providers (July 6, 2012) (+)

Information regarding shelter victim confidentiality and how state immigration legislation may impact domestic violence and shelter programs’ ability to comply with confidentiality requirements under state and federal law.

[pdf] DHS Broadcast Message on New 384 Class of Admission Code (+)

Broadcast from the Department of Homeland Security to DHS personnel on the creation of the Class of Admission “384” code in the Central Index System, that alerts personnel of an immigrant victim who is protected by VAWA confidentiality protections.

[pdf] Sample Plaintiffs’ Motion in Limine to Strike the Defendants’ Pleadings, Motions, and Advocacy for Pleadings and Motions for Violation of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 (+)

Sample plaintiffs’ motion in limine to strike the defendants’ pleadings, motions, and advocacy for pleadings and motions for violation of federal rule of civil procedure 11. This sample includes a discussion of VAWA confidentiality and how Rule 11 sanctions may be applicable when opposing counsel is making threats of deportation or criminal prosecution of an immigrant crime victim during or before a civil trial.

[pdf] The 2005 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act: Why Congress Acted to Expand Protections to Immigrant Victims (+)

A brief history of the Violence Against Women Act and congressional intent that lead to the expanded legal protections for immigrant crime victims in the 2005 reauthorization written by Representative John Conyers, Jr.

[pdf] Memorandum: Interim Guidance Relating to Officer Procedure Following Enactment of VAWA 2005 (+)

Memorandum from John Torres to Field Office Directors and Special Agents in Charge providing guidance to operational units of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the new confidentiality procedures created by VAWA 2005 in cases involving individuals who may be eligible to apply for VAWA benefits or T or U visas.

[pdf] INA: Section 239 – Initiation of Removal Proceedings (+)

Immigration and Nationality Act section 239 provision on the initiation of removal proceedings. Section 239(e) defines when a certificate of compliance was required when an enforcement action that took place at a sensitive location lead to a removal proceeding to ensure that confidentiality provisions were complied with.

[pdf] VAWA 2005 HR 3402 Sec. 825(c): Certificate of Compliance with Restrictions on Disclosure (+)

VAWA 2005 section 825 (c) amended INA section 239 (8 U.S.C. 1229), adding a requirement that a certificate of compliance be filed if an enforcement action took place at a sensitive location that lead to a removal proceeding to ensure that confidentiality provisions in Section 384 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA) were complied with.

[pdf] Offering a Helping Hand: Legal Protections for Battered Immigrant Women: A History of Legislative Responses (+)

This article chronicles the legislative history of immigration protections afforded immigrant crime victims in the Violence Against Women Acts (VAWA) of 1994 and 2000, through the Battered Spouse Waiver, and through VAWA Confidentiality, the history and development of the VAWA self-petition, VAWA cancellation of removal, the battered spouse waiver, any credible evidence standard, VAWA confidentiality, benefits access for battered immigrant VAWA self-petitioners and cancellation/suspension applicants, the U-Visa, victim’s ability to obtain lawful permanent residency in the U.S. and Legal Services Corporation funded legal assistance are discussed in detail. This article collects and publishes information contained in documents developed during advocacy that led to the passage of federal immigration law legislation creating each of these protections.

[pdf] Memorandum: Supplemental Guidance on Battered Alien Self-Petitioning Process and Related Issues (+)

Memorandum from Paul Virtue outlining changes in the handling of I-360 self-petitions for immigrant status filed by battered spouses and children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents aliens and addresses related issues.

[pdf] Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996 (+)

Full version of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996 , public law 104-208. Confidentiality provisions are listed in Section 384.

[pdf] Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum No. 97-7: Procedures for Identifying Potential Battered Spouse/ Battered Child Cases (+)

A memorandum about the operating policies and procedures for identifying potential battered spouse/ battered child cases from the office of the Chief Immigration Judge to all deputy chief immigration judges, all assistant chief immigration judges, all immigration judges, all court administrators, all judicial law clerks, and all court staff.