Our purpose is to centralize assistance for advocates and attorneys facing complex legal problems in advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Many service providers are overwhelmed by the increasing complexity of immigration law as it overlaps with other areas. Our clearinghouse offers samples and best practices and our Consultants’ training services are available to enable service providers to more thoroughly fulfill their purposes.
Immigrants are entitled to justice, including in the areas of domestic abuse or sexual assault. All immigrant survivors deserve access to essential services. Our goal is to enable service providers to offer accurate and up-to-date help to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
ASISTA does not provide direct legal services. For referrals, click here.
If you are in danger, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
ASISTA is led by our founders, attorneys Gail Pendleton and Sonia Parras-Konrad, national leaders in immigration remedies for survivors of crimes.
Gail Pendleton Before co-founding ASISTA, Gail co-founded the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women and worked at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) for twenty years. She serves as liaison with Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) on immigrant survivors' issues, and received the 2001 Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Contact Gail
Sonia Parras Konrad has represented immigrant survivors of crimes of violence since 1997. Sonia founded MUNA legal clinic for immigrant survivors where she worked as the Director for 12 years, and LUNA, an innovative domestic violence and sexual assault agency providing services to Latinas by Latinas. in 2008, Sonia represented more then 70 immigrants detained during one of the largest raids in U.S. history, obtaining approvals in many U visa cases. Sonia is the co-chair of the NIPNLG and supervisored the immigration legal clinic for survivors at Drake UniversitySchool of Law from 2011-2012. In 2009, Sonia receive AILA Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award for her work on the Postiville raid. Contact Sonia
Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel Contact Cecelia
Maria Lazzarino, Program Associate Contact Maria
Ahlam Moussa, Financial & Communications Manager Contact Ahlam
Our Board of Directors
President, Anna Gallagher, Attorney, Maggio + Kattar
Vice President, Monica Arenas, Senior Program Specialist, Futures without Violence
Treasurer, Amy Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Break The Cycle
Ellen Kemp, Director of Legal Advocacy, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Judge Susan Breall, Superior Court of California
Sujata Warrier, Training & Technical Assistance Director, Battered Women's Justice Project
Eunice Cho, Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
Monica Ramirez, Attorney
Cheryl David, Attorney, Law Office of Cheryl R. David
Isabel Rubio, Executive Director, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Dr. Giselle Hass, Psy D., Psychologist
Alex Orozco, Vice President, Community Development Officer at Bankers Trust