VAWA Confidentiality and Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence (October 31, 2017)

This webinar for judges and court staff is co-sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law and is designed to provide information to judges and court staff about how state court proceedings and federal VAWA confidentiality protections intersect.  VAWA confidentiality laws exist to part of U.S. immigration laws stop immigration related abuse, power and coercive control used by perpetrators to cut off access to justice by  immigrant victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and other crimes.

As the numbers of immigrant family violence victims accessing justice increases, state court judges need to understand the federal statutory protections afforded by Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality to immigrant crime victims that helps keep victims, families and court staff safe. This 60-minute webinar will provide attendees with up to date information on VAWA Confidentiality’s protections, purpose, Department of Homeland Security policies and legislative history. Webinar attendees will be better able to: rule on discovery motions in family, criminal and civil cases; identify litigants who are crime victims eligible for VAWA confidentiality protection; and address the unique challenges in delivering access to justice for immigrant adult and child family and sexual violence victims in crisis who appear in state court.

VAWA Confidentiality Protections – Materials for Courts

Know Your Rights Brochures

 DHS Infographic: Protection for Immigrant Victims (January 12, 2107)

Immigration Options for Victims of Crime – DHS Brochure

Multilingual Materials for Victims and Advocates

VAWA Confidentiality

VAWA Confidentiality Protections for Immigrant Crime Victims (Webpage) (February 23, 2017) 

VAWA Confidentiality Webinar

VAWA Confidentiality and Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Statute

Interlineated statute

VAWA Confidentiality: Statutes, Legislative History, and Implementing Policy (March 11, 2017)

Congressionally Mandated Implementing Policies

All DHS Directive on VAWA Confidentiality Implementation which included and explains the annual requirement for training taking the FLTEC and DHS developed on line course ‘VAWA Confidentiality and Immigration Relief

 All DHS VAWA confidentiality 

DHS Broadcast Code of Admission for VAWA confidentiality protected cases the DHS computerized red flag system for cases that have already been filed

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of the Principle Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security VAWA confidentiality operations memos

DHS Civil Rights Civil Liberties Complaint instructions for violation investigations

CRCL Complaint form (general use)

Memorandum: Non-disclosure and Other Prohibitions Relating to Battered Aliens: IIRIRA 384

Executive Office of Immigration Review EOIR: VAWA Confidentiality Procedures for Immigration Court

S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security: U Visa Regulations (Pages 53015, 53026 – 53027, 53039); 8 CFR 214.14(e)(1)(ix)

Training Materials

Family Court Bench Card on VAWA Confidentiality

Three Prongs of VAWA Confidentiality

Chapter 3.2: VAWA Confidentiality and Breaches of Confidentiality

Chapter 3 of Empowering Survivors:  VAWA Confidentiality, History, Purpose, DHS Implementation, and Violations of VAWA Confidentiality Protections

Newsletter on VAWA Confidentiality

 

THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY GRANT NOs. 2016-TA-AX-K026 and 2015-TA-AX-K043 AWARDED BY THE OFFICE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE OPINIONS, FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS EXPRESSED BY PROGRAM FACULTY AND IN PROGRAM MATERIALS, INCLUDING CURRICULUM OUTLINES, POWERPOINT SLIDES, HANDOUTS, CONTENTS OF FOLDERS AND THUMB DRIVES, AND OTHER PROGRAM DOCUMENTS, ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHORS AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.