May 11, 2023 “Best Practices for Serving Immigrant Victims: Access to Public Benefits and Services in Virginia” [pdf]

When immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking other crimes begin the process of filing for victim-based immigration protections, their ability to access publicly funded benefits and services expands. The wide range of professionals who encounter immigrant survivors of crime and abuse in their work need to be able to quickly access legally correct information on which federal and state funded public benefits and services immigrants are eligible to receive in each state. Public benefits eligibility varies by state, by form of immigration case, age of the child, youth, and the type of benefit the victim is seeking.

This webinar will provide attendees with detailed information on the full range of publicly funded benefits and services immigrant survivors can access in Virginia, including those open to all immigrants without regard to immigration status. The webinar will also highlight both immigrant survivor eligibility and best practices for accompanying and assisting immigrant survivors applying for benefits such as housing, health care, income support, food stamps, driver’s licenses, education, childcare, unemployment insurance and other benefits.
Additionally, the webinar will demonstrate how participants can use NIWAP’s new online benefits map and state-by-state charts. Webinar attendees will receive access to tools, training materials, resources, and technical assistance to support their work with immigrant survivors and their children.