[pdf] Affidavits of Support and Enforceability Bench Card (June 12, 2024) (+)

This bench card provides an overview of the two forms of Affidavits of Support that state family court judges may be asked to enforced as part of a divorce action involving an immigrant spouse who was sponsored for their “green card” by their U.S. citizen spouse. It discusses the history and enforceability of the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support and the evidence value of both the I-864 Affidavit of Support and the older Form I-134 Affidavit of Support. It also illustrates for judges and family law attorneys how to calculate the support due by the citizen spouse to the immigrant spouse under the I-864 Affidavit of Support. The Bench Card includes citations to and reports case law on Affidavits of Support.

[pdf] U Visa Certification, T Visa Declaration, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Violence Against Women Act Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrant Children (Toolkit) (December 31, 2024) (+)

This toolkit provides an overview of humanitarian immigration relief that Congress has provided for the protection of abused noncitizen children, and/or their noncitizen parent. The toolkit focuses on four visa types: (1) the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition, (2) the U visa for crime victims, (3) the T visa for human trafficking victims, and […]

[pdf] State Justice Institute (SJI) and National Judicial Network Training Materials (April 30, 2024) (+)

Most up to date training materials for state court judges on issues that arise in state court cases involving human trafficking victims, immigrant victims of crime and abuse, and immigrant children. This collection of materials was developed with support from the State Justice Institute (SJI) and National Judicial Network Training Materials and includes links to training materials in NIWAP web library.

[pdf] Health Care Access for Lawfully Present Immigrants – Definitions (May 27, 2024) (+)

This publication provides a tool to help victim advocates, forensic nurses, health care providers, attorneys and other professionals working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, child abuse, and human trafficking identify lawfully present immigrant survivors who:
• Are eligible under federal law to purchase healthcare on state and federal healthcare exchanges; and
• May be eligible for state funded healthcare subsidies.

[pdf] Annotated Statutes Related to Public Benefits Eligibility for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Human Trafficking (May 27, 2024) (+)

This document is an annotation with footnotes and explanatory text of the U.S. code sections that determine which immigration are qualified immigrants eligible to access federal and state public benefits. It assists readers in understanding which forms of immigration status or in some circumstances (particularly battered immigrants and human trafficking victims) pending immigration status an immigrant must have to be eligible for many federal and state public benefits. Which benefits a qualified immigrant can receive and when they are eligible to receive any given benefit will vary by benefits program, the immigrant’s immigration status, whether they have a pending application for certain forms of immigration relief, the state the victim resides in and when they first entered the United States. This document is intended to be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and charts which provide detailed information by immigration case type and by state. Additionally, this document discusses the special exemptions from deeming rules that apply to cases involving certain battered immigrants.

[pdf] Annotated Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petition Definition INA 101(a)(51) (May 27, 2024) (+)

This annotated statute guides readers through the various types of immigration relief available for immigrants who were subjected to battering or extreme cruelty by their spouses, former spouses, parents, children, and step-parents who were U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) , Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA), and Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) applicants, or recipients. Note that NACARA applicants may be El Salvadoran, Guatemalan, or from a list of countries in Eastern Europe. This definition of VAWA self-petitioner is relevant for immigration relief, public benefits and VAWA confidentiality purposes.

[pdf] Chapter 17.3: Post-Assault Healthcare and Crime Victim Compensation for Immigrant Victims of Violence (May 24, 2024) (+)

Chapter in Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault. Under federal crime victim compensation laws states provide health care assistance to crime victims that includes health care funded by the Victims of Crime Act Compensation Act (VOCA). How health care for crime victims is funded, what health care services are covered, how victims apply, and which crime victims are covered varies state by state. In all but one state VOCA funded crime victim compensation is open to all victims without regard to immigration status. Alabama severely restricts the numbers of immigrant victims who can access VOCA funded crime victims compensation based on the immigration status of the victim at the time the crime victimization occurred. This chapter includes two sets of state by state charts that briefly, and in detail, summarize the provisions available by state to immigrant victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes, as well as the victim compensation laws and processes to receive compensation for each state, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

[pdf] Training Materials for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors (April 30, 2024) (+)

NIWAP’s list of training materials and webinars for law enforcement and prosecutors to support their work with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking.

[pdf] Legal Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence That Enhance Victim and Community Safety. North Platte, NE (April 26, 2024) (+)

Training on This training will provide an overview of the protections under immigration, public benefits, protection order and family laws that help immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, child abuse and human trafficking. Faculty will discuss how victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, healthcare providers, prosecutors and other professionals can collaboratively work together to improve safety for immigrant victims, their families and the community.

[pdf] Nebraska Public Benefits Screening Chart (Updated April 25 2024) (+)

Nebraska – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Nebraska for Survivors (Updated April 25 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Indiana Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 16 2024) (+)

Indiana – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Indiana for Survivors (Updated April 16, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] West Virginia Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

West Virginia – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Vermont Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Vermont – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Tennessee Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Tennessee – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] South Dakota Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

South Dakota – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Pennsylvania Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Pennsylvania – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Ohio Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated March 27, 2024) (+)

Ohio – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] North Carolina Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (last updated February 3, 2024) (+)

North Carolina – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] New Mexico Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

New Mexico – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Mississippi Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Mississippi – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Kansas Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Kansas – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Iowa Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Iowa – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Florida Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Florida – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Washington, D.C. Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Washington, D.C. – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Delaware Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Delaware – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Arizona Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated April 16, 2024) (+)

Arizona – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Arizona for Survivors (updated April 16, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Alaska Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated April 15, 2024) (+)

Alaska – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Alaska for Survivors (Updated April 17, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in South Dakota for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in West Virginia for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Vermont for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Tennessee for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Pennsylvania for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in New Mexico for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Montana Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Montana – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Montana for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Kansas for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Mississippi for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Idaho Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

Idaho – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Idaho for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Iowa for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Florida for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in DC for Survivors (Updated April 4 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Delaware for Survivors (Updated April 4, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Connecticut Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated September 5, 2022) (+)

Connecticut – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Settled Law: The Role of State Court Judges in Making Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Judicial Determinations (April 1, 2024) (+)

This article surveyed all of the publicly available SIJS cases issued through the date of this article’s publication. Ultimately, this survey demonstrates that the majority of state courts are issuing decisions that have become settled law and that these courts’ decisions are consistent with federal SIJS statutes, the March 2022 USCIS regulations, and USCIS policies and publications on SIJS laws and the SIJS program. Although Congress substantially amended the SIJS statute in 2008 to expand the number of immigrant children eligible for SIJS, this article demonstrates that during the decade and a half after the law passed and before USCIS issued final regulations in 2022, many state courts struggled to issue rulings in SIJS cases that were consistent with the federal SIJS statues and USCIS policies. Despite this fact, as this article documents, many courts did issue rulings that correctly interpreted and applied federal SIJS laws and issued SIJS judicial determinations that immigrant children who had suffered parental maltreatment could use to file their SIJS petitions with USCIS.

[pdf] Benefits for Immigrant Crime Victims: Technical Assistance on Eligibility for Maryland (December 19, 2023) (+)

This report provides a brief description of Maryland’s current eligibility criteria for a variety of public benefits, including food assistance, cash assistance (TANF), healthcare, and Supplemental Security Income, as well as access to Driver’s Licenses for persons who cannot provide proof of lawful status including specifically immigrant survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and human sex and labor trafficking. The report focuses particularly on benefits for immigrant crime survivors who have filed or are preparing to file for immigration relief: VAWA Self-Petitioners, U visa applicants, T visa applicants, applicants for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and applicants for Continued Presence. For each benefit type, the report discusses a model state law as well as options for a more incremental approach. It then provides a menu of options, drawn from other state law approaches, for Maryland to extend eligibility for public benefits to more immigrant victims of crime and abuse than it currently does. The report also provides an analysis of best practices where appropriate.

[vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet] Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – Case Law Chart (April 1, 2024) (+)

This Appendix “X” provides a case law chart for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status state court cases from across the country including reported and unreported cases through December 2020. This appendix is in locked excel format allowing users to sort by any of the chart columns. It includes an All States tab and additional tabs that report on case law by state for each of the states in which reported or unreported cases could be identified. As new cases are published please forward them to NIWAP by emailing info@NIWAP.org with the message title “NEW SIJS CASE” to help us identify new cases to add to the chart more swiftly.

This publication was developed under grant number SJI-20-E-005 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.

[pdf] Why Using an Interpreter is Beneficial to Law Enforcement (August 21, 2016) (+)

This document outlines the benefits to law enforcement officers of identifying LEP persons language access needs at crime scenes and during criminal investigations. These benefits include improving officer and crime scene safety, improving the likelihood of a successful prosecution, and ensuring that officers fully capture helpful statements from victims and witnesses.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Ohio for Survivors (Updated March 27, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in Arkansas for Survivors (Updated December 14, 2023) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Protection Orders Webinar Materials List (February 24, 2024) (+)

This list of training materials on civil protection orders has been developed to assist state court judges, attorneys, and victim advocates working with immigrant survivors. It covers protection orders for vicitms of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The list includes training tools, training manual chapters, bench cards, and links to webinars.

[pdf] Access to State-Funded Public Benefits in North Carolina for Survivors (Updated February 3, 2024) (+)

This chart describes the federal and when offered state funded public benefits that immigrant crime victims are legally eligible to access. Which benefits a victim can access depends on:
• On the victim’s immigration status or the immigration relief the victim is in the process of applying for;
• Which benefit they are applying for; and
• When they entered the United States.
The chart provides information about benefits eligibility for VAWA self-petitioners, refugees, asylees, T and U visa applicants, children applying for SIJS and DACA, and undocumented victims. The chart covers eligibility for: TANF, Child Care, SNAP (food stamps), WIC, health care, educational grants, loans and in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, housing, tax credits, legal services, weatherization assistance, and FEMA assistance.

[pdf] Arkansas Public Benefits Screening Chart (last updated January 28, 2024) (+)

Arkansas – This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] Join the National Judicial Network (Updated January 26, 2024) (+)

Click the link above to learn more about the National Judicial Network!

Seeking judges, commissioners, magistrates, tribal judges, and other judicial officers to join the National Judicial Network. The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) working in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) on a State Justice Institute (SJI) funded project is pleased to invite you to participate in the National Judicial Network: Forum on Human Trafficking and Immigration in State Courts (NJN). The NJN will provide a forum for judges to engage in peer-to-peer learning sessions with judges from across the country, participate in webinars, communicate with other judges in a members-only confidential email group, access topic-specific publications, and attend future in-person trainings on issues that arise in state courts involving human trafficking and immigrant victims. NJN sessions are intended to help judges learn more about these complicated issues and, consequently, improve access to justice for human trafficking and immigrant victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and other crimes.

[pdf] Colorado Public Benefits Screening Chart for Immigrant Survivors and Refugees by Forms of Immigration Relief (updated September 5, 2022) (+)

Colorado- This public benefits screening chart helps immigrants, refugees, judges, victim advocates and attorneys quickly understand which state and federal public benefits an immigrant or refugee qualifies for in each state. Eligibility varies by state, by immigration or refugee status, and by benefits program. This tool is designed by be used together with NIWAP’s public benefits maps and state public benefits detailed charts. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts

[pdf] U and T Visas for Immigrant Victims of Crime and Trafficking: Best Practices in Responding to, Investigating and Prosecuting Cases Involving Immigrant Crime Victims-including Cases of Domestic and Sexual Violence (Dec. 13, 2023) (PowerPoint) (+)

Webinar Description 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, child abuse and human trafficking, the barriers are compounded, as victims often face immigration-related abuse and threats of deportation. This training will provide law enforcement, […]

[pdf] Model DOJ Complaint Form- Sample (2023) (+)

U.S. DOJ, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Complaint Form (2023) – This Sample provides an illustration of how to complete a complaint form regarding law enforcement not using qualified interpreters at the crime scene when responding to a domestic violence incident.

[pdf] Webinar Immigration Protections for Children: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Help for Trafficking Victims Training Materials (December 7, 2023) (+)

Materials for a webinar sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts discussing the National Judicial Network, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and immigration relief for human trafficking victims. These materials include links to NIWAP’s directory of programs with expertise serving immigrant victims, web library, and how judges and court staff can access technical assistance on issues that arise in cases involving immigrant victims of crime and abuse and human trafficking victims. Materials and tools to identify which immigrant victims can access which public benefits in Pennsylvania are also included.

[pdf] Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Findings Pertaining to State Court Judges (Dec. 7, 2023) (+)

A bench card on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) findings pertaining to state court judges. Written by Meagan Fitzpatrick, Leslye Orloff, and Honorable Joseph L. Fernandes (Philadelphia, PA) for the administrative office of the Pennsylvania Courts. This bench card has been updated to reflect clarifications included in the March 2022 final SIJS regulations and the 2023 Policy Manual Chapter issued by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

[pdf] Training Materials for Victim Advocates and Attorneys (11.28.23) (+)

Training materials for family lawyers, prosecutors, and state family, civil and criminal court judges assisting immigrant crime victims Topics include: U visas, T visas, Family Law cases, VAWA Self-Petitions, VAWA Confidentiality, Public Benefits, Best Practices, Language Access, Webinars, Podcasts and more.

[pdf] How Immigration Law and Policies Impact State Courts — When Children and Litigants are Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, or Sexual Assault (NCJFCJ, In-Session -Fall 2023) (+)

This In-Session article discusses immigration policy updates that have occurred in 2021 – 2023 and the impact that what these policies mean for state courts adjudicating a range of family court cases involving immigrant children, immigrant crime victims, and child victims living in mixed immigration status families.

[pdf] VAWA Confidentiality Training Materials (November 17, 2023) (+)

This collection of training materials address all three aspects of VAWA confidentiality protections for immigrant victims. It includes training materials on the VAWA confidentiality’s
— bars on reliance on perpetrator provided information to harm victims including protections against deportation;
— prohibitions on immigration enforcement against immigrant crime victims at courthouses and other locations; and
— bars and limitations on discovery in civil, family and criminal court cases.

This document includes links to web pages with more information and a specific materials list that includes bench cards, cases, and tools to assist judges and lawyers with issues related to the impact of federal VAWA confidentiality laws on discovery in state court cases.

[pdf] FAQs for Victims’ Lawyers: The Central Role of Federal Immigration Laws and the Confidentiality Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in Protecting the Safety and Privacy of Immigrant Survivors (January 2023) (+)

The immigration-related remedies for survivors of crime, and the corresponding federal immigration VAWA confidentiality laws, are designed to remove immigration status as a barrier to survivors accessing the help they need. They are also intended to encourage survivors to report to and cooperate with law enforcement and criminal prosecutions. The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC)1 and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)2 developed these FAQs (and a companion tip sheet) to help attorneys understand and navigate the VAWA confidentiality protections in federal immigration law when representing survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, sex trafficking, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking protection from deportation and other immigration relief.

[pdf] The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Tips to Protect the Privacy of Immigrant Survivors (January 2023) (+)

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC)1 and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)2 developed these tips (and a companion set of FAQs) to help attorneys understand and navigate the VAWA confidentiality protections in federal immigration law. The tips are intended to help you promote the safety, privacy, and healing of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, sex trafficking, dating violence, and stalking.

[pdf] U Visa Certification and T Visa Declaration Toolkit for Adult Protective Services (APS) (October 19, 2023) (+)

Toolkit focusing on the U-Visa as well as an introduction to other options which may be available to immigrant adults who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes that Adult Protective Services staff encounter. Having an awareness of these options can help you identify the best options available for immigrant victims you encounter.