[pdf] S.E.R.L v. U.S. Federal Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit (September 25 2017) (+)

Amicus Brief in S.E.R.L v. U.S. NIWAP filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of a Honduran woman who had helped her daughter escape from a domestic violence perpetrator who had trafficked the daughter to Mexico. The brief discussed the extent to which those who intervene to protect their family from perpetrators of domestic violence are at risk of violent retaliation by the perpetrator, up to and including death. She fled Honduras seeking asylum in the U.S. out of fear of more retaliation. This amicus was filed in the 3rd Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in a case in which S.E.R.L is seeking gender based asylum as a Honduran woman who intervened in a domestic violence relationship who are left completely vulnerable to violent retaliation. Crowell and Moring (September 25, 2017)

[pdf] Rosa Marisol Avelar Oliva Board of Immigration Appeals (February 16 2018) (+)

Amicus Brief in Matter of Rosa Marisol Avelar Oliva, NIWAP filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of an El Salvadorian woman who suffered child abuse and was held in isolation for years. The Immigration Judge found that she was not credible. The brief discussed the psychological and developmental effects of trauma and how childhood rape and sexual abuse can significantly impact witness’s demeanor and ability to testify and report the abuse. The brief addressed how childhood trauma impairs brain development in key regions responsible for memory, reasoning, and planning. The amicus was filed in the Board of Immigration Appeals in a case in which Rosa Marisol is seeking gender-based asylum and withholding of removal. Crowell and Moring (February 16, 2018)

[pdf] United States V. Luciana Moreno-Lopez; (June 7 2010) United States District Court, Eastern District of Chattanooga (+)

Amicus brief in a case in which undocumented workers had been victims of extortion, when the workers complained to EEOC and the Department of Labor the employer retaliated by triggering the employees detention by the Department of Homeland Security.
The workers filed and received U-visas as victims of extortion despite this fact, the U.S. attorney brought charges
against the workers for document fraud. This amicus brief, filed in the employees’ criminal case, described the
history and purpose of the U-visa as humanitarian relief and a tool for law enforcement.

[pdf] Social Science Human Trafficking Research Findings: Tools for Courts (January 25, 2021) (+)

This reports provides an analysis of 100 research reports written on human trafficking in the United States and identifies the sources of primary data used by the reports. This research found that the majority of research relies upon the same two sources of primary data on human trafficking the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Reports and Polaris’ National Human Trafficking Resources Center data. This survey found that some research reports on human trafficking that did not provide information on where the data they relied upon came from. This report and the accompanying chart of research report sources are designed to guide judges, policy makers and service providers to research reports on human trafficking in the United States that are currently the most reliable.

[pdf] Regional HT Collaborative Summit Feb 2021 (+)

This presentation provides an overview of the T visa, U visa, and VAWA Self-Petition options for immigrant victims of crime including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. The presentation specifically focuses on the T visa and Continued Presence as well as state labor crimes and the U visa.

November 9, 2020: “Helping Victims of Human Trafficking Courts Encounter in Juvenile Dependency, Child Welfare and Other Family Court Proceedings” (Webinar)

NIWAP hosted this training at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ National Conference on Juvenile Justice. This presentation outlines appropriate steps to assist child and adult victims of human trafficking victims identified in state juvenile and family court proceedings. It also explains how to access information to craft court orders that accurately […]

May 11, 2018: Chicago, IL “3rd Annual Modern-Day American Worker Conference Panel: Gender, Work, and Immigration Status: Immigration Relief for Labor-Based Crimes and Human Trafficking”

NIWAP was part of this panel for the 3rd Annual Worker Conference, where attendees discussed the intersection of U-Visas and T-Visas in the context of immigrant women workers who experience sexual harassment, assault and other crimes in the workplace. Training Materials U-Visa Materials Labor Charts: U Visa Certification in Employment Based Abuse Cases U- and […]

May 11, 2018: Gender, Work, and Immigration Status: Immigration Relief for Labor-Based Crimes and Human Trafficking

Workshop presented at the 3rd Annual Modern-Day Worker Conference: Over, Under, Through: Women Rising for Justice at Work Materials on immigration options for immigrant workers who are victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment. Trauma Informed Interviewing Tool.  This tool helps advocates and attorneys working with immigrant victims applying for U visas and VAWA self-petitions […]

November 8, 2017: “Legal Protections and Forensic Considerations for Immigrant and Refugee Child Victims” (Webinar)

This webinar discussed how migration, immigration status, culture and trauma impact the physical, brain and emotional development of children who are victims of sexual assault and child abuse and the special needs of immigrant and refugee child victims.  There are multiple forms of immigration relief that have been designed to offer protection for children who […]

September 26, 2013: “Roll Call Videos for Law Enforcement on U Visa Certification and T Visa Endorsement”

Length: 9.5 minutes and 10.5 minutes. These roll call videos for law enforcement were developed under a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law. The videos describe local law enforcement’s role in collaborating with DHS […]

September 20-21, 2012: New Orleans, LA “National Center for Victims of Crime 2012 National Conference”

Training Materials Building Law Enforcement Capacity to Serve Immigrant Victims Prosecutorial Discretion: Government Memorandum and Fact Sheets Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children Immigration Update: Maximizing Public Safety and Better Focusing Resources Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Consistent with the Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities of […]

July 18, 2011: Washington, DC “Fighting Trafficking in Persons and Violence Against Women”

Training on advocacy in the United States that led to passage of the Violence Against Women Act and its protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Building effective collaborations between advocates and government agency personnel. Presented at International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the Agency for Educational Development (AED) in […]