Portland, OR – Strengthening Community and Organization Responses: Serving Immigrant Victims of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking (October 3-5, 2023)

Portland, OR Training Flyer (October 3-5, 2023)

Immigrant victims of crime are often reluctant to call the police for help or to participate in the criminal justice process. In cases involving domestic and sexual violence, the barriers are compounded, as victims often face immigration-related abuse and threats of deportation.

*The event pages below include the agenda, PowerPoint presentation, and useful training materials for each training session.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 – (For Judges) When Federal Immigration Laws and State Family Laws Intersect: What State Family Court Judges Need to Know 

This training provides state court judges with accurate immigration law information in hopes of resulting in just and fair outcomes in family court as well as discusses the role that judges play in signing U and T visa certifications and connecting immigrant victims with access to public benefits.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 – For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and System-Based Advocates (DPSST approved)

This training provides law enforcement, prosecutors, and system-based advocates with information on the U and T visa programs and their role in building trust and enhancing victim and community safety.

Thursday, October 5, 2023 -For Advocates, System-Based Advocates, and Attorneys

This training strengthens participants’ understanding of legal rights, victim services options, and best practices when working with immigrant survivors. Training topics include immigration remedies, public benefits, family law, VAWA confidentiality, multidisciplinary collaboration, and improving language access.

If you are a victim advocate, attorney, judge, or other professional working with an immigrant victim and you would like to receive case specific technical assistance on family law issues that arise in cases of immigrant crime victims, please call NIWAP (National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project) for technical assistance at (202) 274-4457 or email us at info@niwap.org.

Tools for police and prosecutors: http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/law-enforcement-training-materials/  

Tools for victim advocates and attorneys: https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/advocates-attorneys-training-materials  

Communities of Practice: NIWAP runs several Roundtables and Communities of Practice that provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning that meet several times a year with others from across the country working in your profession serving immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking. For each membership is limited to that profession. Please join and encourage others in your community to join: