August 24, 2021: “Legal Rights of Immigrant Survivors: Immigration Relief, Public Benefits, and Protection Orders” (Webinar)

Webinar Description

Victim advocates, attorneys, justice system, and other professionals play a crucial role helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence, child/elder abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking gain access to justice and the full range of services and assistance they are legally entitled to receive. This webinar will provide an overview of the paths to legal immigration status for survivors of crime and abuse. It will also detail how filing for immigration relief expands access to publicly funded benefits and services for immigrant victims and their children in New York.  Participants will build skills to identify the benefits for which immigrant victims qualify and best practices for accompanying immigrant survivors applying for benefits they or their children are eligible to receive. In addition, the webinar will address the VAWA confidentiality protections against deportation for victims and special issues that arise for immigrant survivors in protection order cases. Webinar attendees will receive access to tools, training materials, resources, and technical assistance to support their work with immigrant survivors and their children. NIWAP hosted this webinar in collaboration with Opportunities for Otsego.

Call or Email NIWAP for Technical Assistance  

If you are a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or a system-based victim advocate or other staff working for a law enforcement or prosecution agency wanting to improve your response to immigrant victims and you would like to receive case specific technical assistance on language access requirements and immigration protections for crime victims/survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking and their children, please call NIWAP for technical assistance (202) 274-4457 or email us at  

Training Materials

Immigration Relief

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petition

U Visas

Public Benefits

Protection Orders

Public Benefits

Public Benefits Interactive Maps and State Charts

Bench Cards

Public Benefits Key Government Documents

Overviews and Chapters, Multiple Benefits

CARES ACT and COVID-19 Related Resources Accessible to Immigrant Victims

Public Charge and Immigrant Victims

Non-Work Social Security Numbers

Legal Services Corporation Funded Assistance for Immigrant Victims

Child Care

Driver’s Licenses


Health Care

Housing – Shelter and Transitional Housing

Housing – Public and Assisted

Low-Income Home Energy and Weatherization Assistance Programs

SNAP – Food Stamps