*How VAWA Confidentiality Impacts Discovery in Cases Involving Immigrant Survivors (updated November 18, 2022)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality offers federal immigration law protections enacted to prevent perpetrators from learning about, interfering with, and obtaining information contained in survivors’ victim-based applications for immigration relief (VAWA, Battered Spouse Waiver, U and T visa cases). This resource page is tailored to assist courts, prosecutors, and attorneys on how to respond when offenders seek to discover VAWA confidentiality-protected information in criminal, family, and civil court cases. It includes best practice guides for anticipating, preparing for, and addressing VAWA confidentiality discovery issues to promote victim safety and offender accountability.  It is also available an up-to-date VAWA confidentiality case law and DHS policies.


Training Materials


VAWA Confidentiality and Immigration Protective Order Cases

VAWA Confidentiality Briefs and Motions

Webinars on VAWA Confidentiality and State Court Discovery

VAWA Confidentiality

Bench Cards

VAWA Confidentiality Statues, Regulations and Policies

Training Materials

Statute, Regulations, Policies and DHS Publications


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