May 11-12, 2017: “2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Plenary” Seattle Washington

Plenary Description: For over two decades since passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 protections available to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes in the U.S. under immigration, public benefits, and family laws have expanded dramatically. In 2017, immigrant survivors need assistance from trained victim advocates, attorneys and justice system professionals who have expertise and up-to-date information to help immigrant survivors gain access to the help legally available.  This plenary will discuss safety planning and legal protections from deportation, access to legal immigration status, child custody, and public benefits for immigrant survivors and their children.  The presentation will highlight best practices to counter perpetrators’ efforts to trigger the victim’s deportation and other deportation risks.  Armed with knowledge about immigrant survivors’ legal rights under family, public benefits, health care, transitional housing, legal services and immigration law, advocates, lawyers, and law enforcement can provide a bridge to a fuller range of life-saving supportive services for immigrant survivors.  


PowerPoint Presentation

Language Access

 Dynamics of Domestic and Sexual Violence Experienced by Immigrant Survivors

Legal Rights Brochures

Immigrant Victims, Safety Planning and VAWA Confidentiality

Immigration Options for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking

Immigrant Victims in Family Law Cases

Access to Public Benefits and Services for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault