Upcoming Training and Events


ASISTA seeks to enhance the security, independence, and full participation in society of immigrant and refugee survivors of gender-based violence by promoting integrated holistic approaches and educating those whose actions and attitudes affect women who experience violence.

To do this we:

-- Provide comprehensive, cutting edge technical assistance and resources to those assisting non-citizen survivors of violence in the immigration law arena;

-- Train lawyers, domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, law enforcement personnel, and civil and criminal court judges; and 

-- Work closely with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to ensure the law is implemented as Congress intended.

ASISTA does not provide direct legal services.  For referrals click here. 


Celebrating VAWA


As many of you know, September 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The passage of VAWA in 1994, and the subsequent reauthorizations of VAWA in 2000, 2005, and 2013 have allowed for more services and recognized the importance of establishing a coordinated community response to address issues of violence against immigrant women and children. To commemorate the anniversary, we have put together a short video highlighting the road to and the successes of VAWA . Please take a few minutes to watch!



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