March/April 2022 Webinar Series Part I: Best Practices to Support Immigrant Victims and Increase Participation in the Criminal Justice System (March 31, 2022) & Part II: Legal Rights of Immigrant Survivors: Immigration Relief and Public Benefits (April 28, 2022) Middlesex County, NJ

PowerPoint Presentation (March 31, 2022)

Webinar Recording (March 31, 2022)

PowerPoint Presentation (April 28, 2022)

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 Jersey. 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 accessing public benefits. Webinar attendees will receive access to tools, training materials, resources, and technical assistance to support their work with immigrant survivors and their children.


  • Leslye E. Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, Washington College of Law
  • Rocio Molina, Deputy Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, Washington College of Law

Target Audience

This FREE training is open to local, state, campus, and tribal law enforcement of all ranks, victim advocates, attorneys, victim witness staff, SANE nurses, prosecutors, Title IX investigators and other community professionals.

Training Materials

Public Benefits Interactive Maps and State Charts


Legal Rights Overviews and Brochures

Regulations and Policies

Public Benefits and Services for Immigrant Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Bench Cards, Flow Charts and Evidence Check Lists

Overviews and Chapters, Multiple Benefits

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

Public Charge and Immigrant Victims

Only Certain Law Enforcement and Benefits Workers Under Limited Circumstances Are Required Under Federal Law to Report Immigrants to DHS

Non-Work Social Security Numbers

Driver’s Licenses

Housing – Shelter and Transitional Housing

Housing – Public and Assisted

Low-Income Home Energy and Weatherization Assistance Programs